flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

Rise in Trench-Related Fatalities Spurs Enhanced Nationwide Safety Enforcement

Jobsite Safety

Rise in Trench-Related Fatalities Spurs Enhanced Nationwide Safety Enforcement

Following a sharp rise in the number of trench-related fatalities in the first six months of 2022, OSHA is increasing its worksite inspections and rolling out a number of new safety initiatives


July 15, 2022
Red construction hard hat in trench
Image: Stock.adobe.com

In the first six months of 2022, trenching and excavation related incidents have claimed the lives of 22 workers across the U.S., prompting the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to launch a new set of enforcement initiatives to protect workers from preventable incidents and known hazards. The recent uptick in trench-related fatalities comes as a shock after 15 similar incidents were reported in all of 2021.

OSHA compliance officers plan to perform over 1,000 trench inspections nationwide, and the administration will also offer safety summits in all of its 10 regions to provide further education on workplace safety practices.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is calling on all employers engaged in trenching and excavation activities to act immediately to ensure that required protections are fully in place every single time their employees step down into or work near a trench,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Health and Safety Doug Parker. “In a matter of seconds, workers can be crushed and buried under thousands of pounds of soil and rocks in an unsafe trench. The alarming increase in the number of workers needlessly dying and suffering serious injuries in trenching incidents must be stopped.”

Read more

Related Stories

Jobsite Safety

Construction Jobsite Safety: Strategies and Resources for Worker Well-Being

Jobsite safety is critical for workers and for your home building company. Consider these elements of a training and awareness program to save lives, mitigate injuries, and reduce liability and costs  

Jobsite Safety

Construction Worker Suicide: A Fragile Balance

Construction workers often struggle with mental health, and suicide rates in construction are high compared with other industries. The construction industry is finally paying attention to this jobsite safety issue

Jobsite Safety

Jobsite Safety ... Last?

Jobsite safety should be job one, but its status as a top priority seems to be slipping in deference to labor shortages and production demands, putting workers (and home builders) at increased risk

Advertisement
boombox1 -
Advertisement
native1 - default

More in Category




Advertisement
native2 - default
Advertisement
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.