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Did You Know? OSHA has new resources to keep workers safe during trenching and excavation?

10 Oct 2018 12:04 PM | Krystal Ferm (Administrator)

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly double the average of the previous five years. OSHA has made reducing trenching and excavation hazards the Agency's Priority Goal. Trench collapses, or cave-ins, pose the greatest risk to workers' lives. To prevent cave-ins:

  • SLOPE or bench trench walls
  • SHORE trench walls with supports, or
  • SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes

Employers should also ensure there is a safe way to enter and exit the trench. Keep materials away from the edge of the trench. Look for standing water or atmospheric hazards. Never enter a trench unless it has been properly inspected.

29 CFR 1926.65029 CFR 1926.651, and 29 CFR 1926.652 are applicable OSHA standards."

Click the source link below for additional information and resources.

Source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/


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