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Trench Collapse Video Goes ‘Viral’

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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A video released last week from a state-run occupational health and safety program demonstrates why trench shoring is vital to worker safety.

The Statesman Journal reported Sept. 2 that a former Oregon Occupational and Safety Health Administration official shot the video of an actual safety inspection in 2009. But on Aug. 31, it somehow made it to the social media site Reddit.

Photos: Oregon OSHA screenshots

A worker in Oregon narrowly escaped after a wall in an improperly shored trench in which he was working collapsed. The collapse, caught by Oregon OSHA on video in 2009, went viral online last week.

Soon after its release, the video went viral, the newspaper said. It may be easy to tell why, according to reports, The video shows a worker narrowly escaping a trench collapse during the 1 minute, 30 second video as the Oregon OSHA inspector kept the recording.

“I wish I could tell you, ‘Yeah that used to be a real problem until we got it sorted out,’” said Michael Wood, who is the administrator of Oregon OSHA. “But unfortunately the video is still timely.”

‘That’s Why’

In the video, inspector Tim Marcum approached a crew working in a 21-foot-deep trench that was not properly shored, according to the newspaper.

The video of a worker escaping a trench collapse has been used for training since 2009.

“Who’s in charge today?” said Marcum, who no longer works for the agency. “Looks like you’ve got a little bit of a shoring problem going on.”

Soon after Marcum told the foreman that the worker had to climb out of the trench, part of one of the walls collapsed as the worker—still inside—grabbed onto what appears to be a pipeline as his fellow workers extended a ladder to him to help him escape.

“You want to see why he can’t be down there? That’s why he can’t be down there,” Marcum said to the crew.

Just as an Oregon OSHA inspector arrived at the scene of trench work and told workers to get a man out of the trench, a wall gave way. The man was not injured.

The newspaper reported that the video has been used in training sessions since it was shot, and that Wood said he first saw it during a construction safety training session.

“It’s a great video for a training session because it does a marvelous job of getting folks’ attention,” Wood told the paper. “And it shows that what you don’t expect to happen when it happens, happens quickly.”


Tagged categories: Government; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Video

Comment from OM PRAKASH JAT, (9/9/2015, 4:23 AM)

Safety first.

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