College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


One of the most dangerous works in construction is trench work and excavation. Fatalities that range from permanent injuries to death happen to construction workers every day, not having a lot of alternatives to prevent unfortunate incidents such as cave-ins and shoring failures. What this paper is proposing is a new invention that may solve this ongoing problem with trench safety. The idea is a crane-like lift attached to the back of a pick-up truck that will vertically lift people out of the trenches in a matter of seconds before shoring collapses or the trench caves in. This project primarily focuses on the conceptual description of this piece of machinery, along with an interview process of study that’ll get insight from six safety managers and other safety personnel, with years of safety experience from construction companies like DPR Construction, Pankow, Hensel Phelps, Granite Construction, and PCL Construction on what they think about this piece of machinery discussing positive aspects, ideas for improvement, and possibilities of future research on this product. After this process is complete, the final conceptual model and design will be developed, leading to the next stages of making this a new and revolutionary device that’ll save lives.

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