Work Injury Free
Trenches must meet at least one of the following conditions:
- Sloped for stability
- Cut to create stepped or benched grades
- Supported by a system made with posts, beams, shores or planking and hydraulic jacks
- Supported by a trench box
- An exit ladder must be within 25 feet of workers extending 3 feet out of the trench
See that your project meets these conditions. Don't ever go into a trench that isn't prepared appropriately. Print the above card and give one to everyone on your job. And for another take on how to address trench safety read Trench Warfare — Time to Get Serious about Planning.
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