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Excavation and Trenching Safety Hazards

In any construction operations, trenching and excavating are expected earth removal tasks to cover. There are risks and job site hazards associated with these earthwork tasks. It is important to keep in mind the trenching and excavation safety guidelines to protect workers. Here we talk about some of the excavation safety hazards.

Excavation and Trenching Safety Hazards

Cave-ins. Job site trench collapses is a serious threat to worker safety. The professional engineer plays a critical part to carefully analyze soil structure, and then design and implement a system that slopes, shields and support. The federal organization for workers safety and protection requires registered professional engineer to implement a protective system for any trench exceeding 20 feet in depth. A stable system prevents cave-ins, thus preventing injury and job site accidents.

Moisture and other extreme weather conditions can change soil stability. That’s why excavations must be inspected after it rains or after other extreme weather occurrences.

Falls and dropping loads. Accidents such as workers and work equipment fall into an excavated area can happen. To prevent such happening, fixing a barrier and safety signage around the excavation perimeter provides workers to see the dangers of falling clearly. Loads from equipment or the equipment itself can also fall into a trenched area and kill anybody who is working below. This is why it is required in a job site to store materials at least two feet away from the edge of an excavation. Employers are strongly advised not to allow work to be conducted under suspended or raised loads.

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