According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly double
the average of the previous five years. As part of the effort to reverse this trend, OSHA has established an
Agency Priority Goal, which aims to reduce trenching and excavation hazards. OSHA’s goal is to increase awareness
of trenching hazards in construction, educate employers and workers on safe cave-in prevention solutions, and
decrease the number of trench collapses. OSHA plans to issue public service announcements, encourage
participation in the 2018 Trench Safety Stand-Down, update online resources on trench safety, and update
OSHA’s trenching and excavation national emphasis program.
A poster is now available to promote Trench Safety Stand Down Week, June 18-23, led by the
National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA),
and OSHA. The attached poster has more information, and can be shared and posted where anyone who
might be involved in trenching and excavation operations will see it. Those who may benefit from participating in
the Trench Safety Stand Down include construction companies that engage in trenching operations, plumbers,
the military, unions, associations, educational institutions, safety professionals, and safety equipment manufacturers.
Resources are available on the website www.nuca.com/tssd, including suggestions about how to prepare for a
successful stand down. Examples of what companies can do to participate include conducting a
Toolbox Talk (available in English and Spanish), training, or another activity.
Every company or organization that participates will receive a certificate, hard hat stickers for all employees who
participated, and recognition in a press release as well as NUCA and NAXSA publications.
Thanks for helping us spread the word about this event. New resources and public service announcements will be
provided as they become available.