OSHA to Increase Awareness of Trenching, Excavation Hazards, Solutions

OSHA to Increase Awareness of Trenching, Excavation Hazards, Solutions

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Working in trenches and excavations can be hazardous, and trench collapses pose great risk to workers. To raise awareness of preventable incidents, compliance assistance specialists with OSHA in the Southeast are conducting outreach to educate employers and employees on the hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.

OSHA area offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are reaching out to excavation employers, industry associations, equipment rental organizations, water utility suppliers and national and local plumbing companies to educate them to identify trenching hazards. Compliance assistance specialists will also remind employers of the requirements to implement methods to prevent collapses, such as sloping trench walls, shoring the walls with supports or shielding walls with trench boxes.

“Employees can be seriously or fatally injured in a matter of seconds when a trench collapses,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt A. Petermeyer, in Atlanta. “Trench-related injuries are preventable when employees are trained properly and the required protections are in place…” (Read the full story)

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