Spoil piles are excavated materials consisting of topsoil or subsoils that have been removed and temporarily stored during the construction activity. [Source] Spoil piles are also sometimes referred to as Soil Piles, Stock Piles, or Storage Piles. There are generally two types of excavation spoil: Temporary Spoil Permanent Spoil The differences are pretty straightforward, but […]
Excavation & Trenching Safety
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Shielding protects workers by using trench boxes or other types of supports to prevent soil cave-ins. Designing a protective system can be complex because you must consider many factors: soil classification, depth of cut, water content of soil, changes caused by weather or climate, surcharge loads (e.g., spoil, other materials to be used in the […]
Benching means a method of protecting workers from cave-ins by excavating the sides of an excavation to form one or a series of horizontal levels or steps, usually with vertical or near vertical surfaces between levels. Benching cannot be done in Type C soil Other types of excavation protective systems include sloping, shoring, and shielding. […]
OSHA requires that workers in trenches and excavations be protected, and that safety and health programs address the variety of hazards they face. The following hazards cause the most trenching and excavation injuries: No Protective System Failure to Inspect Trench and Protective Systems Unsafe Spoil-Pile Placement Unsafe Access/Egress Per OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation Construction eTool, […]
Trenching and excavation work presents serious hazards to all workers involved. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are more likely than some other excavation-related incidents to result in worker fatalities. One cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. An unprotected trench can be an early grave. Employers must ensure that workers […]
Ron MeyerAs 45 years of experience as an underground/site contactor and a third generation contractor, Ron takes time to go through each individual project with the supervisor and is responsible for all scheduling and equipment logistics. He’s also involved in all troubleshooting for projects.