Site Trenching or Excavation prior to Demolition
More often than not, serious demolitions will involve excavation such as the removal of below grade tanks, slabs, footings, bomb shelters and storm drains. For this reason, SoCal Removal has adopted a policy for the safety of employees performing any excavation, trenching, shoring, sloping and proper safety when working in or around trenches and other excavations. Our policy proudly complies with the following CAL-OSHA regulations or any applicable state or local requirements that are more stringent.
- Specific Excavation Requirements – Title 8-CCR’s
- Requirements for Protective Systems – Title 8-CCR’s
SoCal Removal designates a competent person as the authority for any excavation operations. This person will ensure that all employees are trained in and familiar with required work practices and procedures regarding excavation/trenching operations. The designated competent person and/or other supervisors will make regular inspections of the work site to ensure that all safety measures and systems are in place, correctly installed, and that all safety procedures are followed.
SoCal Removal will implement and enforce the following engineering controls and work practices to prevent employees from being exposed to hazards from existing or ongoing excavations. What is the difference between a trench and an excavation? A trench is a narrow excavation made below the surface of the ground in which the depth is greater than the width – the width not exceeding 15 feet. An excavation is any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal. This can include excavations for anything from cellars to highways.