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Sloping and shoring requirements


No worker may enter an excavation more than 1.2 m (4 ft.) in depth unless:
The sides of the excavation are sloped to a safe angle no steeper than three horizontal to four vertical, OR
The sides have been supported by use of sheet piling or shoring and bracing, OR
A combination of both sloping and shoring is used, OR
The sides of the excavation have been sloped or supported in accordance with the written instructions of a
professional engineer

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Unshored trench and excavation walls must be sloped flatter than the angle of repose, but in no case steeper
than three horizontal to four vertical unless specified in writing by a professional engineer.

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450 mm
(18 in.)
minimum

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This is an example of combined sloping and shoring.

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Workers Compensation Board of B.C.

Shoring
H must be
sized for
depth H

Project:_______________________________ Address:________________________________________
Employer:_________________________________ Supervisor:_ __________________________________
Date:_ __________________ Time:_____________ Shift:___________________________________
Number in crew: _ ______________________ Number attending: _ ______________________________

Other safety issues or suggestions made by crew members:


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Record of those attending:


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