June 2020 has been declared “Trench Safety Month” by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), further highlighting its innovative educational and safety program. For the past four years in June, NUCA has held the Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week for the utility construction industry. This year’s event will occur between June 15-19 at hundreds of jobsites across the nation, reaching tens of thousands of workers. To build on the success of this event, the association is devoting the entire month of June to getting the message out to the public and non-NUCA industry companies about the importance of employee safety when working underground or in and around trenches. Selecting June as Trench Safety Month is a natural tie-in to the lessons and demonstrations being completed at thousands of NUCA member jobsites during TSSD Week. In 2019, more than 47,000 industry employees and first responders at over 4,500 jobsites, from 324 organizations, took part in the stand down. Together, they learned the importance of being safe around jobsite excavations and trenches from peers and experts alike. You can find more information about Trench Safety Month and the TSSD by clicking here.
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