The Engineer Says: “Excavation is Safe.” Is it?

Is an Excavation Safe Because a Soil Engineer Says It Is? Would you work at the toe of a nine-foot vertical wall of dirt with no protective system? Hopefully your answer is 'no.' But what if you received a letter from a soils engineer who had evaluated the composition of the dirt and declared it safe? What if the engineer (his stamp on the letter) asserted that, "The near vertical cut consists of very dense glacial till which can remain stable … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 8, 2014
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Answering an Excavation Spoil Pile Question

Excavation Spoil Pile Set Backs. As a safety consultant, I love answering the phone. You never know who’s on the other end or what question you’ll have to field. A few weeks ago a compliance officer from Oregon OSHA called. She had been having a discussion with her co-workers and they were at a bit of a impasse. They were considering the following scenario: A four-foot trench with two feet of spoil pile, but in this case the pile was … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 8, 2014
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