Is The competent person on site?

Were all known trenches and/or excavations inspected?

Was utility location Service called prior to digging?

Is the trench more than 4 feet deep?

Is the spoil pile more than 2 feet from the edge of the trench?

Are ladders or slopes placed so that no more than 25 feet of travel is required to enter or exit the trench?

Is traffic in area adequately kept away from trenching operations with barricades?

Are employees wearing the appropriate PPE?

Is the sloping or benching done according to OSHA specifications?

Is the trench box appropriate for the depth of trench?

Is the type of shoring used appropriate for the trench?

Was the shoring installed according to manufacturer specifications?

According to the foreman, or shoring jacks pumped to design pressure?

Is there evidence of caving or sloughing of soil since last inspection?

Is there evidence of shrinkage cracks in trench walls?

Was any water seepage noted trench walls or trench bottom?

Where any tension cracks observed along the top of any slope?

Is there evidence of significant fracture planes in soil or rock?

Trees, boulders, overhead power lines, or other hazards in area?

Vibrations from equipment or traffic too close to trench?

At the time of inspection, where there any liability issues?

Two methods for soil identification:
Soil classification:

Recommended slope:



Disclaimer-All hazards and site conditions listed in this report are for the conditions of the site at the time of inspection only. Consultant assumes no liability for hazardous conditions that may or may not have been seen at the time of inspection. Consultant assumes no liability for any corrective actions taken by the employer to abate hazardous conditions.

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