Fairborn, FL -- A man was rescued when a trench collapsed. The man was doing sewer work when something collapsed beneath him.
The man is expected to be okay. He was air lifted to Miami Valley Hospital.
In November, 2012, a 39 year old construction worker from North Carolina died while working in a trench when it caved in due to improper safety precautions. In November, 2011 a nineteen year old was killed when an unprotected trench collapsed. OSHA issued violations for failing to provide proper head protection, failing to keep spoil piles 2+ feet from the edge of the trench, and failing to train employees on recognizing hazards. A Florida construction company failed to slope or shore a trench, killing one and injuring two. Trench cave-ins are the top cause for employee injury and fatalities above any other trenching safety issue. By following proper safety precautions, employees working in trenches have the tools to get home safely.