Updated guidance for trenching and excavation available

New version provides safety concerns to consider when job bidding

Posted October 20, 2015

In October 2015, OSHA updated its “Trenching and Excavation Safety” guide. OSHA warns that trench and excavation work are among the most hazardous operations in construction. Because one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car, an unprotected trench can be an early grave.

The revised guide highlights key elements of the applicable workplace standards and describes safe practices that employers can follow to protect workers from cave-ins and other hazards. New subject matter addresses safety factors that an employer should consider when bidding on a job. Portions of the guide were expanded to describe maintaining materials and equipment used for worker protection systems as well as additional hazards associated with excavations.

Read the updated guide at www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2226.pdf.


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