New from OSHA: Trenching Safety Resources

New from OSHA: Trenching Safety Resources

Safety and Health Magazine

OSHA has released an updated QuickCard and a public service announcement video intended to raise awareness of trenching safety, after a recent increase in trench-related worker deaths.

According to the agency, 23 construction workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016, surpassing the combined total from 2014 and 2015.

The QuickCard directs workers to avoid entering trenches until:

  • A competent person performs an inspection.
  • Cave-in protection and safe means of entry and exit are established.
  • Equipment and materials are cleared from the edge.
  • Standing water and atmospheric hazards are removed…(Read the full story)


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