Take Time This Week to Discuss Trench Safety

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on June 19, 2017 0 Comments

To raise awareness of trench safety during National Safety Month, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) has organized a Trench Safety Stand Down the week of June 19-24.

NUCA wants all contractors, municipalities, and others involved with trenching operations to hold a stand down: Take a moment at the jobsite this week and discuss trench and excavation safety with your workers.

Working in trenches and excavations can be one of the most dangerous construction operations. Soil cave-ins pose the greatest risk, but there are other potential hazards including falling into the trench, loads falling and striking workers, hazardous gases or fumes, and being stuck next to mobile equipment.

Accidents caused by cave-ins and other trenching hazards often lead to fatalities and serious injuries, which are preventable.

For more information about the Trench Safety Stand Down, visit NUCA’s website. A poster for the event is also available for dissemination.

NAHB has also developed a trenching and excavation safety toolkit with valuable resources.

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