Trenching and Excavating Procedures and Safety

Did you know that excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations? More than 800 construction workers are involved in accidents each year on the job. Of these accidents, approximately 40 workers are involved in an incident related to excavation or trenching.

That’s why the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Admin.) has gone to great lengths to define threats and identify safe practices. The good thing is that there are safety measures and systems that can be implemented to reduce these mishaps all together.

We define excavation as any human-made trench, depression, cut, or cavity involving earth removal. As for a trench? It’s defined more