Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. Trench collapses, or cave-ins, are a significant risk and safety issue, and cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year. These types of incidents are tragic—and they are preventable.
In this recorded webinar, OSHA’s Scott Ketcham provides an overview trench safety and shares statistics on trench fatalities and violations of OSHA’s standards. ASSP’s Mike Hayslip and Steve Stock share suggestions on how contractors and workers can conduct excavation and trenching operations safely by following subparts of 29 CFR 1926, as well as the best practices described in industry consensus standards such as ANSI/ASSP A10.12.