OSHA updates trench safety Quick Card
Posted September 18, 2018
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 recently updated its trench safety Quick Card with a three-pronged approach to prevent cave-ins:
- Slope or bench trench walls by cutting back the trench wall at an angle inclined away from the excavation.
- Shore trench walls with supports.
- Shield trench walls by using trench boxes or other types of supports to prevent cave-ins.
OSHA standards require that trenches and protective systems be inspected daily and as conditions change by a competent person before work begins.
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