Trench and excavation work is one of the most hazardous jobs in construction. Soil is heavier than people realize—one cubic yard of dirt can weigh as much as a car. When soil caves in on a worker, serious injury is likely.
Last week, OSHA announced its updated guide to Trenching and Excavation Safety. The updated guide discusses key elements of safety standards and describes safe practices to protect workers from cave-ins and other hazards.
There’s also a new section in the updated guide that addresses safety factors that an employer should consider when bidding on a job. In addition, the guide has expanded sections describing how to maintain materials and equipment as well as additional hazards associated with excavations.
Check out the guide here, and please give us a call if you have questions or if you’re interested in talking about how you can protect your workers.