National Utility Contractors Association Declares June 2024 as Trench Safety Month

National Utility Contractors Association Declares June 2024 as Trench Safety Month

The national campaign aims to reduce trench-related fatalities and injuries.

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) has designated June 2024 as "Trench Safety Month," emphasizing the importance of safety in trench and excavation work. Highlighting this initiative is the annual Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week, scheduled for June 17-21, which aims to promote safety training across the utility construction industry.

According to a recent release, TSSD Week has been part of NUCA's safety efforts since 2016. Sponsored by National Trench Safety, Sunstate Equipment Co./Trench Safety Rentals and United Rentals, this year's event will engage workers across hundreds of job sites nationwide in safety training, educational seminars and live trench rescue demonstrations.

Supported by OSHA and the Trenching and Excavation Safety Taskforce (TEST), this event asserts that employee training and reinforcement through safety initiatives such as TSSD Week are essential to reducing the risks affecting workers. With a recent increase in utility projects, NUCA stresses the heightened need for safety training, especially among new workers.

The 2023 TSSD saw over 25,800 industry employees and first responders participate across more than 2,480 job sites. NUCA—which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2024—represents over 2,000 U.S. utility and excavation contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. For more on its initiatives throughout Trench Safety Stand Down Week, visit NUCA’s website.

About the Author

Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

Product Showcase

  • Glove Guard® Clip

    Safety should never be compromised, especially when it comes to proper glove usage. The Glove Guard® clip enhances safety by encouraging employees to keep their gloves with them at all times. This reduces the risk of accidents and injuries on the job. By ensuring everyone has their gloves readily available, we help promote a culture of safety and efficiency. The Glove Guard® clip is designed to withstand the toughest work environments. Constructed from robust materials made in the USA, it can endure extreme conditions, including harsh weather, and rigorous activities. Read More

  • NoiseCHEK Personal Noise Dosimeter

    SKC NoiseCHEK is the easiest-to-use dosimeter available! Designed specifically for OEHS professionals, SKC NoiseCHEK offers the easiest operation and accurate noise measurements. Everything you need is right in your palm. Pair Bluetooth models to your mobile devices and monitor workers remotely with the SmartWave dB app without interrupting workflow. Careful design features like a locking windscreen, sturdy clip, large front-lit display, bright status LEDs, and more make NoiseCHEK the top choice in noise dosimeters. Demo NoiseCHEK at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. Read More

  • Safety Shower Test Cart

    The Safety Shower Test Cart speeds up and simplifies emergency shower tests, ensures you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations, and significantly reduces testing costs. With 7 unique features, the cart makes testing easy, effective, and efficient. You can test water clarity, flow, temperature, and spread—all at the same time! Most safety shower testing kits create a mess, take too much time to use, and don't fully help you stay in compliance with OSHA & ANSI standards. Transform the way you test emergency showers with Green Gobbler Safety. Read More


Artificial Intelligence