Trenching & Excavations

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May 18, 2017
Utility Installation (Underground Utilities)

Did you know that the most common hazard associated with installing underground utilities is the potential cave-ins associated with the excavation operations?

Source: Washington Labor & Industries

Aug 01, 2016
CPWR: No New Year -- Trench Collapse

This video using photos and animation recreates the real-life series of events that led to the death of a 32-year-old construction worker from a trench collapse – and how the death could have been prevented.

Source: CPWR

May 01, 2013
Excavations: Safe practices for small business owners and contractors (PDF)

This Oregon OSHA document was updated in April, 2013.

Source: Oregon OSHA

Apr 01, 2006
NIOSH - Trench Safety Awareness: Trench Protective Systems - Use and Management

Note: This publication supersedes 2005-133d and 2004-153c. This Web-based training exercise contains material on conducting a safe trenching operation.

Source: NIOSH

Apr 01, 2005
OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Trenching and Excavation

Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations. This site explains OSHA excavation regulations.

Source: OSHA

Feb 01, 2005
OSHA Safety Tips Card on "Safety in Excavations or Trenches" (PDF)

A new OSHA safety information pocket card, Safety in Excavations or Trenches, will help workers and employers understand safe trenching practices and the federal requirements for construction excavation safety. The cards are printed in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Source: OSHA