14 Steps to Ensure Safety In and Around Trenches and Excavations — Part 1

Trench safety expert offers a detailed checklist of things your crews can do to plan for and eliminate dangers
14 Steps to Ensure Safety In and Around Trenches and Excavations — Part 1
Underground installations must be located and marked before work begins. Property owners and/or utility companies should be notified at least 24 hours (longer in some states) prior to digging. Likewise, the underground gas, electrical, water, sewer lines, etc., must be protected, supported or removed while the trench is open.

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a two-part article that discusses 14 things you and your work crews must plan for to greatly reduce — and even eliminate — the dangers around trenches and excavations. Here we provide the first six items. In Part 2, we will...

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