Excavating a site is something that should only be completed by a professional and competent team with the right tools and training. Trenching and excavation can be dangerous,  if your property needs either of these, then you need to familiarize yourself with the process that goes into trenching and excavating. Understanding the process will protect you when you are near the work site. It is essential to understand what is going on on-site, and the list of safety precautions that your contractor is going through. This will give you peace of mind. Here is a list of safety rules and best practices that you should be mindful of when excavation work is being done on your property.


There are a lot of hazards at an excavation site that need to be taken into consideration, hazards that a competent team of professionals, like the team at Cripple D’s, always take into account.


Some of these hazards are specific to excavation, and some are more general to any construction. They include:

  • Gas that is toxic, flammable, and possibly explosive
  • Falls into excavation sites
  • Excavated materials falling on workers
  • Other materials falling on workers
  • Tripping over equipment, debris, and soil
  • Exposure to both underground and overhead cables
  • Unstable structures
  • Incidents involving vehicles

To avoid these dangerous situations, various things can be done at an excavation site to protect those working and visiting the site.



The team that you hire to excavate your site will contact the government to check what utilities and pipes are buried beneath the site so that they can be avoided during the dig. This will prevent dangerous incidents from happening that could easily have been avoided with one simple phone call.


Soil Stability

Before a site dig begins, soil stability needs to be analyzed by an expert so that proper precautions can be taken.


Trench Size

Trenches over a certain depth need to have a professionally engineered protective system to keep anyone working inside them safe.


Safety Checks

Before any work begins, and then throughout the day, safety checks need to be done on the excavation site – both on the soil and any safety apparatuses.



Trench ladders need to be placed so that they are no more than 25 feet away from each worker inside of the trench.



Make sure that subcontractors know the location of all trenches and excavation sites before they enter the site. All vehicles and machinery need to be kept away from the trenches.


Job Site Layout

Before the job starts, a specific site needs to be chosen where all of the excavated soil will be transported to and piled.


Your Responsibilities

Before an excavation team starts working on your property, ask them for their trench safety practices, and how they adhere to the regulations of your jurisdiction. Safety is a shared responsibility.

The team at Cripple D’s will work smart and safe. We are competent and will protect your property, as well as anyone who works on-site or visits the site. Contact us today regarding your excavation job, and we’ll get you sorted.