OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. Trench collapses, or cave-ins, pose the greatest risk to workers’ lives.
When done safely, trenching operations can reduce worker exposure to other potential hazards including falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres and incidents involving mobile equipment. To protect these workers, employers must think about preventing injuries and providing workers with the right equipment for the job.
A new video developed by OSHA Region VI Training Institute Education Centers offers guidance on how to prevent injuries and fatalities from common hazards in trenching and excavation.
The one-hour video focuses on:
- Cave In Protection
- Best Practices
- Other Hazards in Trenching
*The video is free of charge. Please register to receive a link to the video by completing the form on this page.
NOTE: Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions and a password to access the video.
If you do not receive the email or you have any additional questions, please call 877-345-2515.