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 starting work.
- Keep materials at least 2 feet away from the edge.
PROTECT workers from a cave-in by using protective systems
- Sloping or benching trench walls, or
- Shoring trench wall with supports, or
- Shielding trench walls with trench boxes.
INSPECT the trench for hazards
- Look for standing water and other environmental hazards.
- Never enter a trench unless it has been inspected and approved by the competent person.
For more information on common hazards, visit OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation page.
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