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C747
A Guide to OSHA Excavations

D. Allen Hughes, PE

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, an average of about 50 fatalities occurs annually from excavation or trenching cave-ins. Of those, about 68 percent of deaths occurred in companies with less than 50 employees and about 46 percent in companies with less than 10 employees. Many excavation jobsite dangers can be prevented through preparation, identification and remediation of common risks presented. Modern technology has provided us with a variety of excellent shoring systems and trench shields. The OSHA excavations standard provides us with a set of clearly written and logical safety rules. This course examines the standardís different sections, offering many illustrations and a safety checklist to help explain how to excavate and work safely in a trench. Also discussed are the rules and exceptions concerning residential construction. This guide is intended to be consistent with all existing OSHA standards; therefore, if an area is considered by the reader to be inconsistent with a standard, then the OSHA standard should be followed.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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