Indiana Trenching (Construction) laws & safety compliance analysis

Indiana Trenching (Construction): What you need to know

Indiana has adopted the federal rules for trenching in construction by reference and has added a provision for private sector contracts for trench system projects that is stricter than federal requirements.

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Indiana Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) administers the trenching requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

TRENCHING SYSTEM CONTRACT
Indiana Code 22-8-4-1

Any construction, improvement, or maintenance project that may require the creation of a trench of at least 5 feet deep must incorporate the IOSHA trench regulations into the contract for the project.

The contract must provide that the cost for trench safety systems will be paid for as a separate pay item or in the pay item of the principal work with which the safety systems are associated.


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