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. […]
Excavation & Trenching Safety
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Trenches 5 feet (1.5 meters) deep or greater require a protective system unless the excavation is made entirely in stable rock. Trenches 20 feet (6.1 meters) deep or greater require that the protective system be de-signed by a registered professional engineer or be based on tabulated data prepared and/ or approved by a registered professional […]
Trench collapses and cave-ins are a serious threat to workers, but they can be prevented. OSHA reminds employers that worker safety is a priority, and the agency has resources available to protect workers. The following safe work practices will help keep trenches safe for workers: PREPARE a safe trench Provide safe entry and exit before […]
To maintain a safe site for all construction workers, it’s important for excavator operators to follow best practices before, during, and after excavation. Before Operation The operator should read, understand, and follow the operator’s manual. Consult the manual to determine maximum allowable slope for safe operation. Wear appropriate PPE as required by the task being […]
Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. Below outlines common excavation hazards & control measures that can protect workers from cave-ins and other hazards. What are the dangers of trenching and excavation operations? Trenching and excavation work presents serious hazards to all workers involved. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are more […]
Employers should take the following site worker safety steps to protect workers from injury while working with excavators or backhoe loaders. Site Workers Train site workers to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and to follow required safe work practices that apply to their work environments. Make all workers on the site aware of the machines’ […]