OSHA Trenching and Shoring Standards

by George E. Mason, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio,
Steven Shimp, Grad. Student; Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 377-389

Document Type: Journal Paper


If the construction industry is to comply with OSHA standards for trenching operations, it must develop a thorough understanding of the requirements. The results of an extensive review of the excavation and trenching standards are presented. The interpretation of these standards are made based on (1) A review of the current literature; (2) oral opinions expressed by OSHA officials at the area and regional level; and (3) court interpretations resulting from appeals of OSHA citations.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Shoring | Building codes | Construction industry | Excavation

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