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Safety in Excavation and Trenching

Excavation, trenching, shaft sinking and tunnelling operations can be very dangerous. Every year in Saskatchewan, workers in the industry suffer misfortune. This is why Saskatchewan occupational health and safety legislation requires employers to take extensive precautions to protect workers.

When planning to dig an excavation or trench, consider such things as:
• how to determine soil conditions at the site
• underground services
• notifications
• engineering approvals
• equipment and protective structures
• site organization
• emergency planning

The WorkSafe publication, Safety in Excavation and Trenching, will help employers, workers, occupational health committees and worker representatives prevent accidents on the job.

Click here for the Safety in Excavation and Trenching publication.