Trench and excavation fatalities rise, regulators prioritize safety

Trench and excavation fatalities rise, regulators prioritize safety

Kim Slowey | Construction Dive

Dive Brief:
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has made reducing excavation and trenching hazards a priority, with the goal of reducing the total by 10% by Sept. 30, 2019 from the fiscal year 2017 total.
  • The department said it would achieve this goal through OSHA inspections and by offering compliance assistance. OSHA also plans to issue public service announcements promoting the National Utility Contractors Association’s Trench Safety Stand Down June 18 to 23, as well as revise its national emphasis program, update online safety resources and work with organizations and companies in an effort to reduce fatalities, according to SUN News Report…(Read the full story)

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