Rise in Trench-Related Fatalities Results in Increased Enforcement, Education

Episode 152

Rise in Trench-Related Fatalities Results in Increased Enforcement, Education

Fatalities from trench-related incidents are on the rise. OSHA is now calling on increased enforcement efforts to protect workers.

The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in which a person can work. The risks can vary from falls from height, struck-by and caught-in between incidents, electrocution and more.

According to a recent press release from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration there is an existing danger that has seen an alarming rise in fatalities in just the first six months of this year. Since January of this year, 22 workers have fallen victim to the deadly hazards present in trenching and excavation work, surpassing the 15 deaths in all of 2021.

In this episode of the podcast, Editor Sydny Shepard discusses the dangers of trenching and excavation activities and how OSHA is enhancing efforts to save employees.  

Download or stream this episode today at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and more

A special thank you to the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA LiNK® is the information delivery platform set to revolutionize how you work. Put safety expertise at your fingertips with digital access to NFPA® codes and standards, plus exclusive enhanced content. Utilize dynamic search functionality, bookmarking, and the ability to share and collaborate with others to save time and get the job done right. With NFPA LiNK, you can go by the book without the book to get the job done right faster and more efficiently. Learn more at nfpa.org/link

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the former editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

Product Showcase

  • 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

  • Magid® D-ROC® GPD412 21G Ultra-Thin Polyurethane Palm Coated Work Gloves

    Magid’s 21G line is more than just a 21-gauge glove, it’s a revolutionary knitting technology paired with an advanced selection of innovative fibers to create the ultimate in lightweight cut protection. The latest offering in our 21G line provides ANSI A4 cut resistance with unparalleled dexterity and extreme comfort that no other 21-gauge glove on the market can offer! Read More

  • EMSL Analytical, Inc. - Air Sampling Supplies & Testing Labs

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. operates laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for Asbestos, Mold, Silica, Lead & Metals, Bacteria, Legionella, USP , Combustion By-Products, VOC’s, Radon, PCB’s, Formaldehyde, METH/Fentanyl, Identification of Dust & Unknowns. Sampling Pumps, Cassettes, Media & Supplies available. Reach us at 1-800.220.3675 Read More

Featured