Cave-ins are the most feared trenching hazard. However, other potentially fatal hazards exist as well, including asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen in a confined space, inhalation of toxic fumes, drowning, etc. Electrocution or explosion can occur when contact with underground utilities is accidentally made.
OSHA requires workers in trenches and excavations be protected!!
Before trenching and excavation activities begin on a job site, be sure a Competent Person is present to ensure everyone’s safety. A Competent Person must inspect trenches and excavations daily for evidence of possible cave-ins, hazardous atmospheres, failure of protective systems or other unsafe conditions.
Premier Safety Solutions offers Trenching & Excavation Competent Person Training. Call today to get the details!!
Premier Safety Solutions
Maryland Construction Safety Consultants
PO Box 353
Taneytown, MD 21787