Excavation & Trenching Safety

Program Overview

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. OSHA defines an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the Earth's surface formed by earth removal. A trench is defined as a narrow excavation (in relation to its length) made below the surface of the ground. 

Following the requirements of the standards will prevent or greatly reduce the risk of cave-ins and other excavation-related incidents.