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Collapsed trench death prompts calls for training

Collapsed trench death prompts calls for training

21 December 2016

News this week of a building firm being fined after a worker lost their life in collapsed trench has shone a light on the need for proper training.

Rodger Builders Ltd of Earlston were fined after a lone worker died when he was crushed by falling soil in a collapsed trench in August 2014.

George Wilson, 64, has been carrying out drainage work with a mechanical excavator at Heriot Mill Farm, Heriot, when a section of the trench collapsed while he was in it, causing fatal injuries.

Traumatic asphyxia

Depute fiscal Gary Aitken said "A large slab of wet clay-like soil, approximately 30 feet long, appeared to have collapsed from the side of the trench.  Although his head was exposed, his face was pressed against the opposite side of the trench - he was cold to touch and it was clear to the officers that he was dead."

The cause of death was given as traumatic asphyxia and chest injuries.

This tragic event underlines the importance of ensuring any trench you're about to enter is properly supported. DTL's City & Guilds-approved Excavation Support Techniques training course provides delegates with a greater understanding of excavation and trench support techniques, and a heightened appreciation of the potential hazards and considerable risks involved in excavations.

Confined spaces awareness

By definition, a trench is a confined space.  Anyone in any industry can come into contact with confined spaces and it's vital that you understand how best to mitigate the associated risks.

Our popular confined spaces awareness seminar is aimed at training managers and anyone involved in managing the learning and development of individuals within their business.  It covers the relevant legislation and includes practical demonstrations so that delegates leave with a good understanding of the dangers of confined spaces and steps they can take to mitigate those risks.

We're hosting the next seminar in Derby on 7 March 2017.  You can register to attend the event for free by clicking the graphic below and following the instructions:

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