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National Trench Safety Announces Opening of New Washington D.C. Operation

HOUSTON, T.X.—National Trench Safety, LLC (NTS), a Houston-based company specializing in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliant training classes, … Read more

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Steel Sheeting Guide Shores Excavation for Sewer Line Repair

A contractor was performing a sanitary sewer line repair within a wastewater treatment plant in Southwest Florida. The repair required a 16’ linear run, with a width of 20’ and … Read more

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Legal Responsibility and Liability of the Competent Person

  First, I am not an attorney and I am not giving or providing legal advice here, but I will try to address some questions many of us deal with … Read more

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Site Specific Engineered System Proves Cost Effective for Contractor

The contractor was installing sanitary sewer pipe in a Gulf Coast Florida city as part of an eventual road expansion project.  The project comprised several open trench/cut linear runs ranging … Read more

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National Trench Safety Relocates San Antonio Operation to Larger Facility

HOUSTON, T.X.—National Trench Safety, LLC (NTS), a Houston-based company specializing in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliant training classes, … Read more

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Surcharge Load Decisions for the Competent Person

One of the most complicated and least understood requirements of the OSHA Subpart P-Excavations Standard is surcharge loading. There is very little information provided about how to determine and deal … Read more

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Sheeting Guide Frame System Provides Open Span Excavation

A contractor was performing a grease trap system installation in Northeastern Illinois. The new installation required a 16-ft linear run, with a width of 12-ft and an excavation depth of … Read more

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A Brief Summary of Differences Between the New Confined Space Entry Standard for Construction and 1910.146

This is a brief summary of some of the differences found in the new construction confined space standard (1926 Subpart AA) compared to the confined space standard for general industry … Read more

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Modular Aluminum System Accommodates Crossing Utility

A contractor was performing a storm drain drop inlet installation in Southeast Nevada. The new installation required a 10-ft linear run, with a width of 10-ft and an excavation depth … Read more

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Sheeting Guide Frame System Used During Highway Lane Widening Project

A Southwest Florida municipality was expanding its highway infrastructure with a lane widening project to account for recent growth.  As part of that highway widening project, the municipality also needed … Read more

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Beam and Plate System Used During Foundation Pour

A contractor had been engaged to pour a cast-in-place foundation for a chemical injection building in Southeast North Carolina. The job required a 75 ft linear run, with a width … Read more

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Exceptions to the OSHA Requirements for Protective Systems

The following articles are a series focusing on Federal OSHA Subpart P Excavations 1926.652 Requirements for protective systems.     Exceptions to the Rule Although   OSHA allows trenches under 5’ deep to … Read more

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Excavations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes basic standards for employee protection when working in and around excavations.  These standards are very important for keeping employees safe, as well … Read more

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Pit Slide Rail System Provides Lift Station Shoring

A contractor along the Gulf Coast of Florida had been contracted with the addition to a water treatment plant.  As the part of the project, the contractor needed to install … Read more

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National Trench Safety Announces Opening of New Lake Charles, Louisiana Operation

HOUSTON, T.X.—National Trench Safety, LLC (NTS), a Houston-based company specializing in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliant training classes, … Read more

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National Trench Safety Relocates San Francisco Bay Area Operation to Larger Facility

HOUSTON, T.X.—National Trench Safety, LLC (NTS), a Houston-based company specializing in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliant training classes, … Read more

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