Every employee in the United States has the right, according to the federal government, to perform their job in a safe working environment. Even though accidents can happen, employers are required by law to make sure that the risk of injury or death is low. They are also required to make the working environment as safe as possible, providing protective equipment to workers to prevent injury and paying compensation when a work-related injury occurs.
According to estimates made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, two workers are killed each month in trench collapses across the nation. While in some cases trench collapses are because of employer negligence, in others they are the result of improper safety training.