Excavation, Trenching, and Shoring Safety

Excavation, Trenching, and Shoring Safety

Avoid accidents and hazards by learning about the safety principles behind excavations, trenching, and shoring.

Vivid Learning
Updated Aug 16, 2018

Before you begin any excavation, trenching, and shoring activities, you need to take specific steps to setup the site to avoid the accidental disruption of utilities, and assure the stability of adjacent structures—you need to engineer some controls and take precautionary measures. For examples, you need to ensure your safe access into and out of the excavation and avoid the hazards of contaminated atmospheres, falling materials, and the collapse of excavation walls, through the use of protective systems. There’s a lot that can go wrong with these scenarios, so awareness and preparedness are, as usual, critical priorities for protecting the workforce.