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| Standard Number:||1926.651(i)(1)|
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"Excavation" means any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in an earth surface, formed by earth removal.Section 1926.651 (b)(3) and (i)(1) state:
§1926.651 Specific excavation requirements.Although the term "excavation" is defined in subpart P, both §1926.651 (b)(3) and (i)(1) refer to "excavation operations," which is not defined in §1926.650(b).
(b) Underground installations.
(3) When excavation operations approach the estimated location of underground installations, the exact location of the installations shall be determined by safe and acceptable means. [Emphasis added.]
(i) Stability of adjacent structures. (1) Where the stability of adjoining buildings, walls, or other structures is endangered by excavation operations, support systems such as shoring, bracing, or underpinning shall be provided to ensure the stability of such structures for the protection of employees. [Emphasis added.]
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