Trenching and Excavations

The University is dedicated to providing safe work facilities for students, employees, contractors and visitors, by complying with federal and state occupational health and safety standards. Administrators, faculty, staff, contractors and students all share a responsibility by following best practice to reduce the hazards associated with all trenching and shoring / excavating activities.

Training must be instituted to meet and or exceed applicable OSHA requirements. Prior to excavation work, a competent person must complete the checklist provided below.

For information regarding excavating safety at the University of Delaware, contact Environmental Health and Safety at dehsafety@udel.edu or call 831-8475.