Do Not Enter an Unprotected Trench!
Man working in a trench For your safety:
  • Slope or bench trench walls, or

  • Shore trench walls with supports, or

  • Shield trench walls with trench boxes.

  • Provide safe access through the use of ladders, ramps or stairways.

  • Keep heavy equipment away from trench edges.

  • Know where underground utilities are prior to digging.

  • Keep excavated or other materials at least 2 feet back from the edge of trench.
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
To get more information, report an emergency or contact your local office: • (800) 321-OSHA • TTY (877) 889-5627
OSHA 3215-04N-05