Cave-ins are among the greatest risks and major causes of accidents in a construction zone. Your spoil-pile can be a contributor to haphazard incidents. Are you setting the pile at an appropriate distance from the excavation site?
Spoil-Pile in Renton Explained
'Spoil-pile' is a ubiquitous term that refers to a deposit of excavated solid matter. Often, this includes dirt, soil, and crushed concrete. The pile itself isn't a particularly big risk. However, when you deposit the pile adjacent to the trench, that's when it becomes a hazard. The weight of the spoil can cause the trench to cave in. The higher the pile the greater the risk of inducing an avalanche.
How to Safely Handle Spoil-Piles
- Keep Spoils at least 2-feet away from excavation areas. Under no scenario should you ever set spoils at the lip of a trench.
- Use a trench box or other retaining mechanism to keep spoil-piles from falling back into the trench. OSHA guidelines require some cave-in protection system for trenches that exceed 5-feet.
- If you’re unable to set spoils at a minimum of 2-feet away, then find a spot outside the construction site perimeter.
Designate a Competent Person (CP)
A CP is an onsite safety overseer. This member must make decisions regarding safety matters. For instance, trenches less than 5-feet deep may still require a trench shield if working with sandy soils. Wet and sandy soils have a higher risk of caving in, even in shallow trenches. The CP must enact these safety provisions.
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Spoil-pile Safety in Renton
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