In April 2009, new excavation and trench safety regulations were put into place by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Framingham State University will now issue a trench permit to an authorized contractor to perform any trench work. A trench is defined in 520 CMR 14.02 as "an excavation which is narrow in relation to its length, made below surface ground in excess of 3 feet below grade and the depth of which, in general, greater than width, but the width of the trench, as measured at the bottom, is no greater than 15 feet."
Prior to any trench work on University property, the trench permit will be completed in its entirety, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A permit number will be assigned, and forwarded back to the contractor.