Issue 101 - July 2020
Revised Trenching & Excavation Safety Template
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 a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide and is no wider than 15 feet. It is important for Authority members to recognize that any excavation has the potential for exposure to serious injury or fatality, and members should have systems in place to verify that precautions are specifically identified and carried out consistently.
To assist members, the Authority has developed a revised Excavations, Trenches, and Earthwork Policy. The policy template can be found in the “Library” section (under the “Resources” section) of the Authority’s website. The policy can be used to establish procedures for all excavations, trenches, and earthwork, consistent with Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Construction Safety orders, Sections 1539 through 1541. The revised document includes the following enhancements:
- Responsibilities for the competent person and working staff
- Excavation Procedures
- Checklists for daily inspections and soil classifications
Authority members are encouraged to download this policy and review their current procedures. Members can login to the myJPIA Training Page for additional training resources, including the “Trench & Excavation Safety” classroom course, Trench Safety Toolbox Talks, and the “Caught in or Between Hazards in Construction Environments” E-Learning module.
If you have any questions, please contact your assigned risk manager.< Back to Full Issue Print Article