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Alarming Rise in the Trench-Related Fatalities Spurs US Department of Labor to Announce Enhanced Nationwide Enforcement, Additional Oversight

Trench Safety Training - Compliance Saves Lives

22 workers have perished in first half of 2022

As a company that provides trench shoring safety equipment and teaches trench safety classes, and whose President is the current President of the North American Excavation Shoring Association, we are very concerned with the rise of trench related fatalities. Our employees and sales staff are asked questions all the time about equipment, job site conditions and workable solutions. Our purpose is to promote the safe and efficient use of excavation shoring practices.

Please, don't be a statistic - talk to us about how you can make your people safe in the trenches with the right products, or sign up for a trench safety training course

Reported July 2022, Press Release from U.S. Department of Labor

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ALARMING RISE IN TRENCH-RELATED FATALITIES SPURS US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO ANNOUNCE ENHANCED NATIONWIDE ENFORCEMENT, ADDITIONAL OVERSIGHT


22 workers have perished in first half of 2022


WASHINGTON – In 2022’s first six months, 22 workers have fallen victim to the deadly hazards present in trenching and excavation work – surpassing 15 in all of 2021 – and prompting the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to launch enhanced enforcement initiatives to protect workers from known industry hazards.

To stress the dangers of disregarding federal workplace safety requirements for trenching and excavation work, OSHA enforcement staff will consider every available tool at the agency’s disposal. These actions will place additional emphasis on how agency officials evaluate penalties for trenching and excavation related incidents, including criminal referrals for federal or state prosecution to hold employers and others accountable when their actions or inactions kill workers or put their lives at risk.

In keeping with its National Emphasis Program for excavations, OSHA compliance officers will perform more than 1,000 trench inspections nationwide where they may stop by, and inspect, any excavation site during their daily duties.

Read the full press release at the U. S. Department of Labor >> 

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