Excavations are a high-risk area in the construction industry, particularly in smaller projects: Up to 80 Americans will likely die this year in earth failures, typically in excavations between 5 and 14 feet, in collapses that develop extremely fast.
It can be easy to forget that once an excavation of any depth is started and the ground is destabilized, nature will attempt to stabilize the conditions - mainly through filling up the excavation and creating a high risk of suffocation.
OSHA is now targeting excavation activity as part of its National Emphasis Program. Are you on top of your legal responsibilities in this area? Although every excavation project is unique, a comprehensive excavation safety program will effectively address any given job.
Join us for an in-depth webinar on October 10, when you'll learn:
- The key OSHA regulations that are applicable to excavation activities, including the OSHA soil classification system
- Textbook hazards and risks associated with excavations
- How to factor in soil type (rock, gravel, silt, sand, clay, fill-in) and properties when developing a safe excavation plan
- Tips for addressing different strata and site-specific conditions, such as poor drainage, water seepage, vibrations from traffic, and more
- The different types of excavation protective systems - including sloping, benching, shoring, bracing, and engineered systems for deeper digs - and how to determine which one is best for a given job
- The dos and don'ts of working in standing water
- PPE you should consider for your workers involved in excavations
- Excavation program best practices to keep in mind
- The basic rules of excavation rescue, and how to customize them for each particular site
- Key components of a comprehensive excavation safety training program
About your Speakers:
Mike Hayslip, Esq., PE, CSP is president and owner of National Excavation &Safety Training Institute (NESTI) - an international construction training and litigation support firm - has over 25 years experience in the construction industry.
Before becoming an attorney, professional civil engineer, and certified safety professional, Hayslip spent time learning hands-on construction practices as a carpenter, surveyor, laborer, project manager and safety director. He currently focuses his expertise on OSHA based safety and health training in addition to expert testimony and arbitrating/mediating construction disputes.
In addition, Hayslip serves as the Executive Director for the Voluntary Protection Program Association for Construction (VPPAC) .