OSHA requires employers to provide ladders, steps, ramps, or other safe means of egress for workers working in trench excavations 4 feet (1.22 meters) or deeper.
The means of egress must be located so as not to require workers to travel more than 25 feet (7.62 meters) laterally within the trench.
Any structural ramps used solely for worker access or egress must be designed by a competent person.
Structural ramps used for access or egress of equipment must be designed by a competent person qualified in structural design.
Also, structural members used for ramps or runways must be uniform in thickness and joined in a manner to prevent tripping or displacement.
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- What is a Competent Person in Trenching & Excavation?
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- What is the effect of water accumulation on excavation safety?
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