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RE: Stepped versus Full Height Retaining Walls

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Thanks again Harold. My client will have lots of questions for the contractor.
Michel Blangy, P.E.
Design Engineer
Satco, Inc.
1601 E. El Segundo Blvd.
El Segundo, CA  90245
-----Original Message-----
From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 11:52 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Stepped versus Full Height Retaining Walls

There are too many variables.  Loes, rock and stiff clays are different than sand.  Start with the type of soil on your site and then go to OSHA Subpart P

Harold Sprague

From: mblangy(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Stepped versus Full Height Retaining Walls
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 09:43:14 -0700

A client is inquiring as to the relative merits of stepped versus full height retaining walls from the constructability stand point. I am considering a full height 8' gravity wall versus two, 4' walls, offset 5'. What I am not sure about are the osha excavation requirements. Does an excavation more than 4' need to be made at 45 deg.+/- from the base of the footing, heel side, sloping continuously to finished grade, or, can there be vertical cut, 4' max., at either the top or bottom of the sloped excavation?
Michel Blangy, P.E.

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