Safety Tip of the Week – Trench Safety

Trenching Safety 



Each year trenching cave-ins result in more than 5,000 serious injuries and 100 deaths in the United States.

Safety Hazards

  • Cave-ins can be caused by:
  • Vibration of nearby construction equipment or vehicle traffic;
  • Weight of equipment that is too close to the edge of the trench;
  • Soils that do not hold tightly together;
  • Soil that has been dug in before that is not as stable as undisturbed earth; and
  • Water weakening the strength of the trench sides.


Learn from others’ mistakes and you’ll have no regrets


Download flyer:  STOTW_Trenching Safety.pdf (210.56 kb)

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