Video shows partial trench collapse that narrowly missed worker


Oregon OSHA had been making this video taken by one of its inspectors available for training purposes for a few years. After being posted recently on Facebook, the video has now received almost 2 million views.

The video was filmed by former Oregon OSHA compliance office Tim Marcum during an inspection of a 21-foot trench without proper reinforcement. He asks for the person in charge and says, “Looks like you’ve got a bit of a shoring problem going on.”

Soon after Marcum tells one remaining worker in the trench to get out, part of it caves in, narrowly missing the worker.

“You want to see why he can’t be down there? That’s why he can’t be down there,” Marcum says after the partial collapse.

It still takes some time for co-workers to position a ladder so the employee can climb out of the trench.

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

Wood says improper shoring is still a problem at work sites.

The video has received almost 4,000 comments.


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