July 2018 Quicktakes

Labor Secretary Speaks Out on Trench Safety

U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta recording Public Service Announcements on trenching safety.







PROTECT WORKERS IN TRENCHES SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes.

U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta recorded Public Service Announcements to address the increase in preventable trench – related fatalities. Recorded in both English and Spanish, the PSAs highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches or excavations.

Additional information on trenching hazards and solutions is available on OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage. OSHA’s newly revised “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster provides a quick reminder of the three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses: SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes. The poster is available in English and Spanish.

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