Per OSHA, Inspections shall be made by a competent person and should be documented. The following guide specifies the frequency and conditions requiring inspections:
- Daily and before the start of each shift;
- As dictated by the work being done in the trench;
- After every rainstorm;
- After other events that could increase hazards, e.g. snowstorm, windstorm, thaw, earthquake, etc.;
- When fissures, tension cracks, sloughing, undercutting, water seepage, bulging at the bottom, or other similar conditions occur;
- When there is a change in the size, location, or placement of the spoil pile; and
- When there is any indication of change or movement in adjacent structures.
For additional information, see OSHA Technical Manual (OTM) Section V: Chapter 2 (Special Health and Safety Considerations).
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