Dec. 2: Results of Trenching Hazard Inspection Blitz Released
In July and Aug. 2015, MOL inspectors conducted 994 field visits to 862 workplaces and issued 1,683 orders under the OHS Act and Regulations for Construction Projects. Four frequently issued trench-related orders involved failure of employers to ensure:
- Trenches that were four feet or deeper had proper support systems
- Material, excavated soil and equipment were kept a safe distance from the upper edge of the trench’s wall
- Workers were wearing personal protective headwear
- Adequate written procedures existed for emergencies and were posted in a conspicuous place at the construction project.