Safety Saturday Moment

Trenching and Excavation Protective Systems

Every day on our job sites we are faced with one of the most hazardous construction operations, trenching, and excavation activities. Each job presents its own challenge, and no matter how many times you have done these tasks in the past, taking the right approach and pre-planning how they will be completed in a safe and productive way is vital. There are far too many incidents that occur from the early stages of inadequate planning from the start. Whenever trenching or excavation work meets or exceeds a depth of 5′, a protective system is required. Because of the dangers that are presented with trenching and excavation work, workers must know and understand the different protective measures that may be used.

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