Trench Excavation Safety

Trenches can be a serious safety hazard resulting in severe injury or even death. Learn the proper excavation techniques and safety precautions.

Protect employees in an excavation from a cave-in by an adequate protective system designed in accordance with the OSHA regulations (this could include sloping and benching, support, or shield systems).

Items to consider:

  • Clear all surface hazards and move the spoil pile back the required two feet
  • Locate and protect, support, or remove all underground utilities and other hazards
  • Provide a safe means of entry and exit from excavations that are more than four feet deep that meets OSHA requirements

Download the safety alert for the complete list of requirements and tips.