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Trench rescue is another often seen but rarely realized hazard.
OSHA defines a trench as a hole in the ground that is deeper than it is wide.
Similar to a confined space entry, hazardous atmospheres and possible injuries while in a trench may cause the need for trench rescue techniques.
Other hazards specific to trenches include trench wall collapse causing engulfment, objects rolling or falling onto the victim from above, or any number of other injuries or situations.
Along with techniques learned in ropes and confined space, specialized training and equipment is used in trench rescue.
If the person in the trench was not utilizing shoring equipment, the rescuers will first place it in order to make the trench safe to operate in before entering.
Once the trench is made safe, assessment, treatment, and removal of the patient/victim will then take place.
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