June 2021 has been declared Trench Safety Month by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA).
This declaration of safety further highlights the association’s innovative educational and safety program, the Trench Safety Stand Down week, June 14 – 18. Working in a trench is one of the most hazardous jobs in construction with workers seriously injured each year due to cave-ins.
On June 5, Scott Fisher, international sales manager and corporate trainer of Barbco Inc. led an on-site seminar with a full crew from, horizontal boring specialist, R.G.T. Construction, of Berlin, Pennsylvania about the importance of proper safety protocol and procedures when working in and around trenches.
Did you know that one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a small pickup truck? If a person is buried during a trench failure, there is little chance of survival. Therefore, before entering a trench, the trained, competent person at the jobsite must inspect the trench and the protection system to ensure that the trench is safe to enter.
Both OSHA and NUCA recognize Barbco and R.G.T. Construction for their participation and safety commitment during this very important training session.