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Webinar covers new trends in trench safety

Webinar covers new trends in trench safety

STAMFORD, CONN. — An upcoming webinar on construction trench safety will look at how to increase awareness and knowledge of the factors that may contribute to trenching incidents and fatalities, and ways to mitigate the risks.

The event will be held May 28. Statistics reported by the U.S.-based Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) noted that trench incidents and fatalities have increased in recent years, prompting the organization to updates its National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation.

The session will be moderated by Eileen Betit, the research to practice director of the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). Webinar presenters are Scott Ketcham, director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction; Joe Wise, regional customer training manager at United Rentals Trench Safety; and Dr. Alan Echt, senior industrial hygienist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Office of Construction Safety and Health.

Wise will discuss the results of a survey, conducted by the CPWR, of construction and safety and health professionals on trench safety practices in the field.

“Trench and excavation work represent some of the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry. Maintaining up-to-date training on safety regulations and equipment solutions can promote a safety culture that not only provides safe workplaces, but also enables workers to be productive,” said Wise in a release.

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