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Document ID (ISN)107815
CIS number 08-456
Year 2002
Convention or series no. OSHA 2226 2002 (Revised)
Title Excavations
Bibliographic information Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, USA, 2002. iv, 37p. Illus.
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Abstract Trenching and excavation work presents serious hazards to all workers involved. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are much more likely than other excavation-related accidents to result in worker fatalities. Other potential hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres and incidents involving mobile equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) excavation and trenching safety standard specifies requirements for excavation and trenching operations. This booklet highlights key elements of the standard, shows ways to protect employees against cave-ins and describes safe work practices for employees. Contents: OSHA's excavation and trenching standard; preplanning; protective systems; additional hazards and protections; OSHA's assistance, services and programmes.
Descriptors (primary) trenching and excavating; plant safety organization; construction industry; USA
Descriptors (secondary) falls of persons; dangerous substances; public OSH institutions; collapse; earthmoving equipment; safe working methods; falling objects; comment on standard; safety guides; breathing atmosphere
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Trenching and excavating
Construction industry and civil engineering