Excavation & Trenching

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires trench protection in all excavations and trenches deeper than 5 feet. However, even in excavation and trenches less than 5 feet deep, trench protection may be required depending on the soil type and presence of water. 

The Facilities & Services tool room has several systems designed to protect workers from accidental cave-ins. 

For additional information or assistance contact the Division of Safety and Compliance at 217-265-9828 or safetyandcompliance@illinois.edu.

Excavation Trenching Daily Inspection Checklist
OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Fact Sheet