Helpful information for excavation contractors on how to recognize a gas or petroleum leak including what you might see, hear, or smell. What you might see if there is a gas or petroleum leak You might see Natural Gas Natural Gas Liquids Petroleum Gas Crude Oil Refined Products Brown patches in vegetation on or near […]
Excavation & Trenching Safety
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If you make contact with a pipeline If your equipment makes contact with the utility line, stop your excavation and contact the utility company immediately. This includes if you nick, dent, gouge, cut, scrape, or scratch the pipeline coating, or if you damage a valve box or tracer wire connected to a gas facility. Call […]
The standards apply to all open excavations made in the Earth’s surface, including trenches. Following the requirements of the standards will prevent or greatly reduce the risk of cave-ins and other excavation-related incidents. Learn more: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2226.pdf Other common questions: When Must Employers Conduct Excavation Site Inspections? What Excavation Hazards Do Employers Need to Address? What […]
Employers must ensure that any worker who enters a bellbottom pier hole or similar deep and confined footing excavation wears a harness with a lifeline. The lifeline must be attached securely to the harness and must be separate from any line used to handle materials. Also, the lifeline must be individually attended by an observer […]
The following are some points to consider in a trenching and excavation checklist. Each circumstance will be different, so be sure to adapt the questions to suit your situation. Underground/Utility Services Know the contact numbers? Located, identified and informed respective parties? Grounded, isolated, de-energized, or protected from unplanned release? Housekeeping Excavated material, pipes etc. are […]
Type C soil cannot be benched. Appendix B does not permit an employer to bench a type C soil excavation. Therefore, it is not safe to cut steps into a slope of type C soil because the soil’s lack of cohesion is likely to cause the steps to crumble when an employee steps on them. […]