In this discussion, the authors reply to the comments made about their original paper and reiterate their position that contractors should have qualified geotechnical engineers to design and inspect their trench supports in order to save lives. They note that most trenching accidents are attributable to a lack of geotechnical investigations, engineering design of the trench supports, and inspections by qualified engineers. In reply to the comments that present OSHA requirements and the contractor's experience should be sufficient, the authors note that the OSHA standards have not lowered the fatality rate and cite accidents where the contractors themselves were killed. Addressing the concern that geotechnical engineers would thus be more vulnerable to litigation, they maintain that the best defense is to maintain a high level of competence. This will, in their view, prevent meritorious suits and, more importantly, protect the lives of workmen in the trenches.

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    • Discussion from the Proc. Paper 12882, April 1977.
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    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Discussers:
    • Thompson, L J
    • Tanenbaum, R J
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Accession Number: 00194261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM