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Stepped Up OSHA Enforcement in Delaware – HEADS UP

OSHA Alert

We learned that OSHA fined a contractor Delaware this week for having men in a “trench” without the trench being stepped back.  The dug out basement of a residential home under construction became a “trench” when the walls were poured.  Basically, a basement excavation with a foundation wall is considered a trench, and any vertical dig over 4’ needs to be stepped or sloped.


We have been in contact with NAHB to obtain clarification on what the regulations are and what is required to comply.  They are working to provide further clarity and help to you to deal with this, and we will advise our builder members when we hear back from them.


In the meantime:

  1. OSHA is in the Delaware area and may be looking at your jobs.

  2. You should make sure all your OSHA related safety measures are in place.

  3. Consider stepping your basement trench in the meantime.

  4. As this impacts homebuilders and their excavation and concrete contractors, please alert all your subs of this.

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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