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MBA Safety News - June 2019
Trench Safety Stand Down set for June 17-21

The National Utility Contractors Association is calling on employers involved in trench work to participate in the fourth annual Trench Safety Stand Down .

The event, scheduled for June 17-21, is aimed at raising awareness of trenching and excavation hazards while promoting the use of trench protective systems. The OSHA standard for trenching and excavation ( 29 CFR 1926.650, Subpart P ) requires protective systems for trenches that are 5 feet or deeper, unless the excavation occurs in stable rock.The 2019

The National Safety Council is offering numerous free online tools – including posters, checklists, fact sheets and videos – as part of the event.

For Excavation and Trenching Safety Information , contact The National Safety Council.

According to OSHA, 23 workers died in trench collapses in 2016, more than the combined total from 2014 and 2015. One cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as 3,000 pounds, the agency states.
The “Focus Four Hazards” Campaign  

Construction's "Fatal Four"
Out of 5147* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2017, 971 or 21% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction.
 
The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" hazards were responsible for well over half (60%) of the construction worker deaths in 201 7*, according to BLS reports.

Falls — 381 out of 971 total deaths in construction in CY 2017 (39%)
Struck by Object - 80 (8%)
Electrocutions - 71 (7%)
Caught-in/between* - 50 (5%)

* This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.

Eliminating these Four Hazards would save 582 workers' lives each year .


Bob McCall
Director of Safety
Master Builders' Association