Brief description of steps to protect yourself when working in a trench.
|Do NOT enter an unprotected trench!
Some of the protective systems for trenches are:
| Sloped for stability; or
|Cut to create stepped benched grades; or
| Supported by a system made with posts, beams, shores or planking and hydraulic jacks; or
| Supported by a trench box to protect workers in a trench.
|Additionally, excavated or other materials must be at least 2 feet back from the edge of a trench; and
|A safe means of egress shall be provided within 25 feet of workers in a trench.