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Columbia, SC -- A 31 year old construction worker was killed while repairing underground pipes.
Marvis Myers, 31, was killed while repairing underground pipe. He was six feet below ground level in a trench when it caved in.
Trench safety is very important. Always build trenches in one of the three ways listed below to avoid cave-ins.
· Sloping or benching – forming an incline on the sides of an excavation.
· Shoring – Using site built structures made with timbers, planks, or plywood to support the sides of an excavation.
· Shielding – Using trench boxes or trench shields to prevent the walls from collapsing.