OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation is a high agency priority. NUCA and OSHA have teamed up again this year for their annual trench safety program. Almost 48,000 industry and NUCA member company employees participated in last year’s TSSD. What is a Safety Stand Down? A Safety Stand Down presents the opportunity for […]
Excavation & Trenching Safety
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Utility color codes are used to identify existing underground utilities in construction areas, to protect them from damage during excavation. Colored lines, flags, or both are used to mark the location and denote the type of underground utility. A special type of spray paint, which works when the can is upside-down, is used to mark […]
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 […]
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 […]