2 Water Department workers injured after falling into 10-foot trench

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CHICAGO -- Two Water Department workers were injured overnight when they fell into a 10-foot trench.

It happened near 95th and Stony Island.

The workers apparently fell in, while trying to avoid a car that was fleeing the police.

They were taken to Trinity Hospital.

Both workers are expected to be OK.

Police haven't arrested anyone in connection with the chase.

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  • Hmmm, OSHA?

    First thing first. I sincerely hope both workers will fully recover.
    What I am curious about though is by looking at the pic of the hole that they where working in/by. I did not notice the required “metal box” that is supposed to be inserted into any hole below a required depth if workers are working in to help prevent trench collapse?
    Just saying.

    • Co-Worker

      A “trench box” is what it is called, and it is only required while workers are in the hole, at a depth of 5 feet is when it is required, you generally don’t have them in while your excavating the hole, they get in the way, that is not the only method of trench protection, if you watch the video, you see them in the process of placing a different form of protection in the hole, also OSHA does not have jurisdiction over municipalities, that would fall under the Illinois Dept of Labor