EXCAVATIONS SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE


How Excavations Carry on Safely in the Workplace:   

Safety for Excavation work

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. The Safety and Health code should follow strictly during Excavation and Trenching in the workplace. Trenching and excavation work presents serious hazards to all workers involved. Especially in trafficked crowded city areas and moreover in the rainy season is more hazardous and much more likely than other excavation-related accidents to result in worker fatalities. Excavation in soil movement and cave-ins should take special care. Other potential hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving mobile equipment.

Nobody should enter an unprotected trench! Trenches about 1.5 meters deep or greater require a protective system unless the excavation is made entirely in stable rock. Trenches about 6 meters deep or greater require that the protective system be designed by a registered professional engineer or be based on tabulated data prepared and or approved by a registered professional engineer.

There are different types of protective systems are available. Sloping involves cutting back the trench wall at an angle inclined away from the excavation. Shoring requires installing aluminum hydraulic or other types of supports to prevent soil movement and caverns. Shielding protects workers by using trench boxes or other types of supports to prevent soil cave-ins. Designing a protective system can be complex because you must consider many factors: soil classification, depth of cut, the water content of the soil, changes due to weather or climate, surcharge loads (eg., spoil, other materials to be used in the trench) and other operations in the vicinity.


You may have past long job experience on so many trenching, shoring, and backfilling, but it is important to approach each new job with the utmost care and preparation. Most job accidents result directly from insufficient initial planning. So pre-planning for every excavation job and taking standard safety measures can reduce accidents.

If working in or near EXCAVATIONS, Please check:


ØIs their edge protection to stop people or materials from falling?

ØExcavated spoil stored well away from the edge?

ØThe excavation sides stable before entering?

ØThe integrity of any shoring in place before entering?

ØNo site traffic travel near the edge of excavations?


ØThere is at least two ladders and a maximum of 9 meters apart? 

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