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Excavation and Trenching

Excavation and trenching continue to be some of the most dangerous construction activities. There have beenSlope It - Shore It - Shield It logo
31 excavation fatalities in Michigan in the past two decades. For each fatal incident, there are dozens of
excavation accidents resulting in serious injuries. MIOSHA is adopting the National Emphasis Program on excavation
and trenching operations to help prevent future incidents. The following resources have been developed to assist
employers and employees in protecting their workers from common hazards associated with excavation and trenching.

2021 MIOSHA Trench Safety Stand-Down Webinar June 15, 2021

2020 Excavation Stand-Down Week June 15-19

Fatality Summaries
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Worker struck by piece of frozen soil
Worker crushed in 7 foot deep excavation collapse
Worker buried by 10 foot deep excavation collapse
Worker crushed by 12 foot deep excavation collapse
Worker crushed by 8.5 foot deep trench wall collapse
Worker crushed in 8 foot deep excavation collapse
Worker buried in collapse of trench, varying from 15 to 22 feet deep
Worker crushed by collapse of 6.5 foot deep trench wall
Carpenter Dies When Eight-foot Trench Wall Collapses During Sewer Pipe Replacement
Complete List of MIFACE Case Studies
Training Resources
Construction Tool Box Talks
Complete list of upcoming MIOSHA Training Programs:
Part 1. General Rules
Part 6. Personal Protective Equipment
Part 8. Handling and Storage of Materials
Part 9. Excavation, Trenching & Shoring
Part 13. Mobile Equipment
Part 15. Excavators, Hoists, Elevators, Helicopters, and Conveyors
Part 35. Confined Spaces in Construction
Complete List of Construction Safety & Health Standards
Other Publications and Resources
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Making Safety a "Shore" thing
Trenching and Excavation - National Emphasis Program (NEP)
Excavations, Trenching & Shoring Wallet Card:  Five Important Rules
Fact Sheet:  Trenching and Excavation Protective Systems
Fact Sheet:  Excavations by the Numbers
Accident Prevention Program (SP #1)
Additional FAQ's for Construction
OSHA Trenching and Excavation Resources
Trenching and Excavation Safety
OSHA Trenching and Excavation eTools
Soil Classification Video
Excavations in Construction/Trenching Prevention Video
MISS DIG Excavators Working Near Under Ground Lines