Beware of the danger of working in trenches

Construction workers and manual laborers in Connecticut who work in and around trenches should know about the on-the-job dangers to which they are exposed. During the past decade, according to data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, 35 workers across the nation died in excavation or trench cave-ins each year.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that one cubic yard of dirt can weigh over one-and-a-half tons. It's easy to see how workers can get buried alive in the blink of an eye in a trench collapse.