Every year in Louisiana and around the country, workers who are involved in digging trenches are seriously injured or killed when the trenches in which they are working suddenly collapse. Trench cave-ins can happen with no warning, and even a cubic foot of dirt can exert up to 3,000 pounds of pressure, effectively crushing workers on which it might fall.
As experienced Louisiana workers age and retire, and new hires are brought in to fill staffing gaps, the likelihood of accidents or injuries on the job increases. This is especially true of occupations such as construction and warehouse work where visible hazards are part of the workplace landscape. One safety advocate observes that simple organizational growth can modify or negate existing safety programs and paradigms as worker duties shift.