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OSHA releases trench safety public service announcement

Video highlights safety measures for eliminating hazards, preventing injuries

Posted September 24, 2018

OSHA has released a public service announcement on trench safety that highlights safety measures to help eliminate hazards and prevent worker injuries. The brief video, “Five Things You Should Know to Stay Safe in a Trench,” advises workers to:

  1. Ensure there’s a safe way to enter and exit the trench.
  2. Ensure the trench has cave-in protection.
  3. Keep materials away from the edge of the trench.
  4. Look for standing water or other hazards.
  5. Never enter a trench unless it has been inspected.

The Agency says it has made reducing trenching and excavation hazards a priority goal.

OSHA Excavation Standard HandbookJ. J. Keller's OSHA Excavation Standard Handbook puts key regulations of OSHA's Excavation Standard into language employees can easily understand.


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