Trench/Excavation Safety Checklist

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BENEFITS

Trenches and excavations poses various safety hazards to the workers who must work in and around them, such as the risk of cave-ins or collapses. So it’s important to inspect trenches and excavations to ensure that they comply with the requirements in the OHS laws and are safe for workers.

HOW TO USE THE TOOL

Adapt this checklist based on your company’s OHS program and the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS law on trenches and excavations. Require a supervisor or other “competent person” to use this checklist to inspect all trenches and excavations. Address any issues identified in the inspection before workers start work. And keep the completed forms to document that you conducted such inspections.

OTHER RESOURCES:

elCOSH

TRENCHES & EXCAVATIONS: How to Comply with Shoring Requirements

Daily Trench/Excavation Log

Spot the Safety Violation: 8 Common Trench & Excavation Hazards