Trenching Safety 101
When using any digging tools or machines, like GeoRipper® or TerraTrencher® minitrenchers, please call before you dig. Call 811 in the United States or your local below-grade location service to make sure you are not trenching through buried water, gas, electrical or other utility lines. If working in gravel, or particularly rocky soil, the use of shin guards is necessary.
When specifically using GeoRipper or TerraTrencher minitrenchers, always wear eye, ear, face, hand, and foot protection. A full-face shield is a mandatory safety precaution when trenching. Sturdy gloves will protect hands. Safety-toe boots or shoes will protect your feet from accidental contact. Ear protection is necessary with these tools, as they are loud.