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Excavations and Trenching

All standards are on the OSHA website unless otherwise noted.
Construction Industry

Excavations 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P
Operating Documents
Trenching and Excavations, Compliance Directive, CPL 2.69
Excavations, Compliance Directive, CPL 2.87
Residential Construction - Foundation or Basement Excavations, SN 61A, NCDOL
Excavation & Trenching Interpretations, main page for construction interpretations - OSHA website
Excavation and Trenching Fact Sheet, NCDOL
OSH Investigates: Trench Collapse, NCDOL
Trenching and Excavation Publications, OSHA website

Training Resources
A Guide to OSHA Excavations Standards, NCDOL
Excavation and Trenching Training Presentation, NCDOL
Trenching and Excavation Videos, NCDOL Library (See “Trenching and Excavation Safety” heading under video and DVD database.)
Training and Outreach Services, NCDOL
Other Agency Resources
Trenching and Excavation Subject Index, OSHA website
Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health website
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