NUCA is requesting all contractors, municipalities, military and others involved with trenching operations to hold a Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) during the week of June 19-24. OSHA recently reported that fatalities caused by cave-ins and other trenching hazards doubled between 2015 and 2016, making it even more important to take the time to discuss with your employees the hazards associated with trenches to prevent injuries and fatalities. Raising awareness of these hazards is critical, so NUCA hopes that all companies involved in excavation operations, whether a member or not, will participate in this Stand Down.
To participate in the TSSD, simply set aside 20 to 60 minutes during the week of June 19-24 to talk directly to employees and others about safety. These Stand Downs should focus on trench/excavation hazards and reinforce the importance of using trench protective systems and protecting workers from trenching hazards. They can be as simple as a Trench Safety Toolbox Talk or more informational by showing a Trench Safety DVD or bringing in a speaker. Visit www.nuca.com/tssd and download instructions, materials to use for the TSSD, as well as a completion form (to be returned to NUCA).
Return your completion form with pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. NUCA will publish the names of all companies that participated in the TSSD. NUCA will also provide a Certificate of Participation, as well as hard hat sticker for all employees who participated. Access Stand Down materials at www.nuca.com/tssd.
Tweet TSSD Your Pictures!
Please take pictures and tweet your participation to @NUCA_National and use the hashtag #TSSD2017.