Two workers are killed every month in trench collapses.
Make sure trenches are protected from cave- ins by:
Inspect trenches before each work shift and provide safe entry and exit through ladders, ramps or stairways.
Keep all equipment, materials and spoil piles at least 2 feet back from trench edges.
Shoring means a structure such a metal hydraulic, mechanical or timber shoring system that supports the sides of an excavation and which is designed to prevent cave-ins.
Benching means a method of protecting employees from cave-ins by excavating the sides of an excavation to form one or a series of horizontal levels or steps, usually with vertical or near vertical surfaces between levels.
Sloping means a method of protecting employees from cave-ins by excavating to form sides of an excavation that are inclined away from the excavation so as to prevent cave-ins. The angle of inclined required to prevent a cave-in varies with differences in such factors as the soil type, environmental conditions of exposure, and application of surcharge loads.