Shield It, Shore It or Slope It During the Trench Safety Stand Down

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According to OSHA, there were 51 trench-related fatalities at construction sites in 2015 and 2016. Since 2011, nearly 40% of all trenching fatalities have occurred at residential construction sites. With proper preparation and adherence to safety protocols, the number of trenching accidents and fatalities could — and should — drop to zero. Today marks the start of the week-long 2019 Trench Safety Stand Down, co-sponsored by NAHB, the National Utility Contractors Association, the North American Excavation Shoring Association, and the Trench Shoring & Shielding Association, and supported by OSHA. The stand down gives employers, supervisors and foremen the opportunity to speak directly to workers about trench and excavation hazards. OSHA has made trench safety improvements an accountable goal for the agency. And as a proud co-sponsor of the stand down, NAHB created a Trench Safety Stand Down webpage to provide builders with resources and ideas to support these very important conversations. Those who participate in this week’s stand down are encouraged to take pictures of their sessions and post them to social media using the tag #TSSD2019. If you have not yet made plans to discuss trench safety this week, please consider using some of the resources below: For questions about safety programs, please contact Rob Matuga.

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