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Trenching and Excavations Written Safety Plan for OSHA Compliance

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A simple and easy OSHA compliance solution. Fulfill your OSHA mandated Trenching and Excavations written requirement with our fast and easy written Trenching and Excavations Safety Plan! This written safety plan is simple to follow and easy to complete. Simply fill in your company specific information and print as many copies as you need.

1926.650 - 653. This written plan will reduce your risk of OSHA imposed citations by maintaining the proper and required written Trenching and Excavations safety plan. This Trenching and Excavations plan provides a complete written solution for your company.

Trenching and Excavations Plan - 29 CFR 1926.650 - 653:

Provides the user with the needed written plan for establishing the requirements for a trenching and excavations program, elements include; surface encumbrances and underground installations safety guidelines, protection from hazards associated with water accumulation, protection from superimposed loads, access and egress from excavations, trench safety, exposure to vehicular traffic, exposure to falling loads, warning systems for mobile equipment, hazardous atmospheres, personal protective equipment (PPE), material handling equipment, stability of adjacent structures, protection of employees from loose rock or soil, site inspections, fall protection, training requirements, protection of employees in excavations, design of sloping and benching systems, design of support systems, shield systems, and other protective systems, materials and equipment used for protective systems, installation and removal of support systems, sloping and benching systems, shield systems and other data as required by U.S. OSHA regulations. Numerous editable safety forms included.


OSHA requires all employers to maintain a written program. The primary hazard to which employees may be exposed during excavation work is a cave-in, which occurs when the soil forming the side of the excavation can no longer resist the forces applied to it. This results from a reduction in the frictional and cohesive capacities of the soil to resist forces. Changing environmental conditions, such as freezing and thawing, or the addition or removal of water from the pores of the soil can reduce the ability of a soil to resist forces. The addition of superimposed loads from spoil piles, or the placement of equipment or materials near the edge of the excavation also create forces that can exceed the ability of the soil to resist.

Editable safety forms included with program are:

•   Trenching and Excavation Safety Plan
•   Decision Flow Chart Pt. 1
•   Decision Flow Chart Pt. 2
•   Decision Flow Chart Pt. 3