The primary hazard of trenching and excavation work is employee [...]
OSHA has made reducing trenching and excavation hazards a priority [...]
OSHA Training and Class Schedule: Accident Investigation; hazardous materials; trenching and excavation safety.
OSHA has addressed construction-related trenching and excavation hazards by developing specific safety standards for the construction industry, making the requirements easier to understand and providing construction employers.
OSHA standards require that trenching and excavation sites are inspected daily and as conditions change by a competent person before worker entry in order to ensure elimination of excavation hazards.
Trenching and excavation are widely recognized as among the most hazardous construction operations, resulting in an average of two deaths per month and hundreds of injuries each year due to trench collapses. OSHA has developed specific safety standards for the construction industry, making the requirements easier to understand.