Excavation Safety III Safety

Excavation Safety III

Design of Protective Systems

The employer shall select and construct:

  • Slopes and configurations of sloping and benching systems
  • Support systems, shield systems, and other protective systems
  • Shield– can be permanent or portable. Also known as trench box or trench shield.
  • Shoring– such as metal hydraulic, mechanical or timber shoring system that supports the sides
  • Sloping– form sides of an excavation that are inclined away from the excavation

Protect Employees Exposed to Potential Cave-ins

  • Slope or bench the sides of the excavation,
  • Support the sides of the excavation, or
  • Place a shield between the side of the excavation and the work area.