After trench-related deaths tripled between 2011 and 2016, OSHA instituted a National Emphasis Program to reduce the number of trench fatalities in construction. The CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training – commissioned a study to take a closer look at the rise in trench fatalities and find solutions. The CPWR also surveyed employers, including foremen and supervisors, workers, safety and health professionals, trainers and other construction stakeholders about trench safety. Those results highlight a need for more pre-planning before work begins and additional training for workers and supervisors surrounding OSHA’s trenching and excavation standard and the risks present in unprotected trenches. It is recommended that companies digging trenches must do it properly, have the trained personnel to do it right, and include a competent person to ensure it is done safely.
Publisher: Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
Publication Date: February 2020
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Publication Types: News and Other Non-research Articles
Topics: Crash Analysis; Crash Causes; Crash Data; Crash Prevention; Surveys; Training; Trenching; Worker Safety