Dig, Excavate, Trench
Trenching and excavation work poses many hazards such as cave-ins, equipment struck-by incidents, potential falls, and striking underground utilities.
OSHA regulations consider any digging activity as excavating. Anyone who is doing any kind of excavating activity MUST call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to working on excavations or trenches.
Workers must be protected from rocks, debris, loose soil, or other materials that could fall into the excavation while they are working. Loose rocks should be scaled, scraped or knocked down from the sides of excavations or trenches to prevent them from falling onto workers.
Spoil piles should be set back 2-feet from the edges of excavations to create a safer work area.
Water saturated trenches and excavations are extremely dangerous for those working inside of them. Never work in unprotected trenches or excavations that have water accumulating or are water saturated. Water pumps or other devices should be used to control water seeping into trenches and excavations. All water control devices must be inspected and maintained.
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