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Trench Safety Saves Lives

Trench safety saves lives.

This often-spoken phrase is implemented with the training and assignment of individuals designated as competent persons to job sites with open trenches, pits and excavations.

Aluminum trench boxMore than a description, a competent person is defined by OSHA as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them” [29 CFR 1926.32(f)].

Competent person training is currently available through Neff Rental in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. During the one-day program, individuals are provided specific training...

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Trench Cave-in Deaths Are Preventable With Shoring and Sloping Solutions

ARCHOver the past six years, 184 construction workers in the United States were killed because of failure to properly shore or slope an open trench or a pit.

According to OSHA, most accidents occurred in pits and trenches that are five to 10 feet deep.

When soil starts to slip and slide there is no escaping it. A cave-in or dirt slide occurs in less than a second. Workers are instantly buried.

If a worker is trapped at the bottom of a six-foot trench and buried under three feet of soil, 6,000 pounds of pressure are covering...

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Top 10 OSHA Violations

OSHA-Logo.jpgAt the 2014 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, the year's 10 most common OSHA violations were announced. While many of the hazards on this year's top 10 have made an appearance in previous years, reviewing the current list can help increase awareness of these violations and hazards on your own jobsite.

  1. Fall Protection: Workers must be provided with fall protection when working at heights of four feet or greater. Protection along unprotected edges and sides and protection from falling objects are also covered under this standard.
  2. Hazard Communication: Safety data sheets and labels are required for chemicals found in the workplace; in addition, employees must be informed...
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