Working in trenches and excavations can be one of the most dangerous construction operations. NAHB is hosting a free webinar
on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. ET in a town hall format that will cover safe trenching techniques and practices, and answer any questions from participants.
Since 2011, nearly 40% of all trenching fatalities have occurred at residential construction sites. Soil cave-ins pose the greatest risk, but there are other potential hazards, including falls into the trench, loads falling and striking workers, hazardous atmospheres present, and being trapped by mobile equipment.
With proper preparation and adherence to safety protocols, the number of trenching accidents and fatalities could — and should — drop to zero.
OSHA's Excavation and Trenching Standard is designed to protect workers from trenching hazards. Next week's town hall will highlight key elements of the standard and safe work practices that can protect workers from cave-ins and other hazards.
Matt Murphy, president of worksite safety consultant firm Safety Environmental Engineering (SEE), Inc., will lead the conversation. He has spent his entire career in construction and has been focused full time on safety for more than two decades. Participants will be able to ask questions directly to Murphy after his presentation.
for the town hall.
In advance of the event, take a moment to review some of the resources NAHB provides on trenching safety:
For any questions about the town hall or trenching safety, contact Christian Culligan