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Old 05-23-2015, 04:11 PM   #1
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I was in the underground utility business for 33 years. I worked for my father before that from the time i was old enough to go and be of help.

I've been in, exposed my help to situations where we NEVER should have been.

There's a reason for OSHA. too many people die in our line of work.

We look down the hole, rather shakey...thinking, it'll only take me 3 minutes to do this...take 4 hrs. to drive back and grab the box, so we go down, or have our employees go down and do it. Most of the time, we get by.

It's not worth it. we have equipment to protect US....and those that work for us....from a cave in. It should NEVER happen in today's world.

Thank God, I've never had to go knock on somebody's door.....and tell the family that because of my negligence...I killed your dad.

please, PLEASE...think about this next time you're looking down a shakey hole...

I BEG you!
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:57 PM   #2
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Re: Please Read

I hear you. I'm fortunate that I never was buried alive myself taking stupid short cut risks in my youth. It only takes a split second to get you.


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Re: Please Read

This applies to so many different trades, lots of guys take way to many chances, some get away with it, other get hurt bad or worse death.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:57 PM   #4
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Re: Please Read

Thanks for the reminder Gene.

I have on more than one occasion kicked the guys out of a trench they thought was ok to work in, and spent an extra hour or so cleaning things up to make it safe.

You know how it works, the pipe should be only 4' down, next thing you know it's 7 or 8'. Everyone is raring to go and get it done without realizing how much the hazard has increased.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:33 PM   #5
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Learned that lesson in high school. Our English teacher decided to dig out his crawl space to make a basement. Two seniors were doing the digging. Once they got deep enough the side caved in. Dow lost his life that night.

Thanks for reminding everyone. It's too easy to become complacent.
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