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Workplace cave-ins preventable

Minnesota workers who have jobs that require them to work in trenches or other excavated areas may want to be aware that a cubic yard of dirt may weigh in excess of 3,000 pounds. This is enough weight to cause a worker fatality through crushing or suffocation. In the 10 years from 2000 through 2009, there were 350 deaths in the U.S. caused by cave-ins and the majority of these deaths were at depths of less than 10 feet. These types of fatal accidents, however, are preventable.

What are employers' responsibilities in the workplace?

Employees in Minnesota might benefit from learning more about employers' responsibilities in the workplace according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The standards employers are required to abide by are established under the OSH Act. Any violations cited by OSHA personnel must be corrected within the designated time period. Employers are also required to post the citation near the site of the infraction for at least three days or until the violation has been corrected, whichever is longer.

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