With the Building Safety Group (BSG) reporting a 16% rise in excavation work breaches, it’s a harsh reminder to the industry that the consequences of a trench collapse can be devastating.
"BSG’s figure is based on approximately 11,000 independent inspections conducted for the construction industry over a six month period, comparing Q3 with Q4 in 2017.
Injuries resulting from excavation trench collapses can often be severe and at times fatal. Last year, the director of a housing development company, Conquest Homes, was jailed for gross negligence manslaughter after a ground worker was crushed to death in a building site trench. Another company undertaking excavation work was fined for safety breaches when a worker was burned after striking underground electrical cables. Mason Construction (London) Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of CDM regulations 2015 and was fined £25,000." Full article available here.
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