- Before digging, check the
site for potential underground hazards including electrical
conduits, waterlines, gas lines etc.
- A Trenching and Shoring
Trained Competent Person is required to approve shoring
sure adequate barriers (i.e. guardrails, covers, and barricades)
are provided at all excavations, trenches, pits and holes.
- Always construct the shoring
system strong enough to withstand any probable weather condition.
- Re-inspect the excavation
site and shoring after each weather change.
- Always employ a shoring
or benching system in trenches and excavation deeper than 5
- Before excavating, determine
the locations of existing underground utilities by calling Underground
Services Alert at (800) 422-4133.
They require 48-hour notice, unless it is an emergency.
- Before entering a confined
space, make sure the air in the space is tested for dangerous
gases and oxygen levels.
- Always place ladders extending
3' above the trench at 25-foot intervals in any trench 4 feet
in depth or greater.
- Make sure spoil pile is
2' back from edge of all excavations.
- Do not remove shoring until
all employees are clear of cave-in hazards.