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


    FOR HIGHEST DEMANDS. A cutting tool in which function and design go hand in hand. Meet the SECUPRO MARTEGO, our prize-winning squeeze-grip safety knife with fully automatic retractable blade for safety. • Ergonomically friendly trigger mechanism to engage the blade • Durable body made of aluminum • Safer alternative to fixed blade utility knives for general cutting tasks • 9 mm Cutting depth • Easy, tool free blade change Dimensions: L 6.10" L x 0.71" W x 1.91" H Weight: 3.70 oz Cutting Depth: 9 mm Read More

  • 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

  • Matrix's OmniPro Vision AI Collision Avoidance System

    OmniPro Vision AI is a state-of-the-art collision avoidance system that features NIOSH award-winning Visual Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. This highly accurate, powerful system identifies and alerts on pedestrians, vehicles and specified objects, ensuring safer facilities, mining operations and industrial sites. With its web-based cloud application, OmniPro Vision AI also logs and analyzes a wide range of data related to zone breach notifications. Operating without needing personal wearable devices or tags, OmniPro has visual and audible zone breach alerts for both operators and pedestrians. Read More


Artificial Intelligence