NUCA Webinar: The Significant “Adjacent Area”

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is hosting a webinar titled “The Significant ‘Adjacent Area,’ ”on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar is sponsored by National Trench Safety a NUCA Gold National Partner.

If you asked someone what the word “adjacent” means, they would probably answer “Beside, or next to something,” but when it comes to the topic of excavation safety there is a specific meaning for the term “adjacent area.”

In the world of excavation safety, the “adjacent area” refers to the area out from the lip of the excavation that is equal to the depth of the excavation, and that area is sacred. Of course, it doesn’t mean we can’t put anything there or can’t work in that area, it just means we need to respect that area and observe some very real limitations and safety concerns.

The OSHA Excavation Standard has some specific requirements that address this subject. Some of these requirements relate to protective systems and others involve jobsite safety principles and management. National Trench Safety’s Jon Preston will join NUCA on for the December webcast and address these safety concerns in depth.

Preston has over 25 years of experience in the excavation safety industry. He has held positions as Director of Training and Director of Safety and is currently serving as a Senior Safety Trainer for National Trench Safety. Preston has developed and delivered an array of training programs including Excavation Safety Competent Person and Train the Trainer for Excavation Safety courses. Jon is an OSHA outreach instructor, teaching the OSHA 3015 course as well as the OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses. He holds a Masters’ degree in Training and Development.

To provide NUCA members expanded educational opportunities, NUCA, under the direction of the Education Committee has developed this series of industry-focused webinars.

For information or to register, click here.

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