Excavator | November & December 2017

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D. H. Charles Engineering, Inc. Among Zweig Group's Best Firms To Work For 2017

NAXSA would like to congratulate Jasper Calcara and D.H. Charles Engineering on being recognized among the the top civil engineering firms to work for by Zweig Group, landing them in the top 10 nationally for 2017.

Trinity Shoring logo The 2017 Zweig Best Firms to Work For award recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, geotechincal engineering, landscape architecture/planning, and multidiscipline firms in the US and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more.

OSHA cites company after trench collapse kills worker in Acworth

Source: SentinelSource.com, Nov 14, 2017
By: Paul Cuno-Booth, Sentinel Staff

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Bellows Falls construction company for safety violations in connection with the death of a worker in May.

Christopher Hewey, 37, of Alstead died in a trench collapse on Bascom Hill Road in Acworth on May 16. He was an employee of JP Trucking & Excavating, a private company contracted to work on a town infrastructure project.

In its citation, the federal agency alleges that the company had employees working in a trench that was unprotected from cave-ins, and that it did not provide them adequate safety training.

OSHA cited the company for three violations, relating to the company not implementing an “accident prevention program” and not inspecting the trench; the lack of training; and the presence of employees in an unprotected excavation.

All three violations are classified as “serious,” meaning a “hazard (that) could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm,” according to the agency’s website.

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Man Rescued after Becoming Stuck in Mud at Essendon Trench Collapse

Source: News.com.au, Nov 17, 2017
By: Wes Hosking

Victoria, Australia - A worker who was stuck in a muddy trench in Essendon has finally been freed after a dramatic underground rescue mission by emergency crews.

Rescuers were called to the corner of Lincoln Rd and Florence St after the horror incident at the roadworks site.

20-year-old Whittlesea man Brandon Grech was working at the site when he became trapped six metres underground. MFB spokeswoman Belle Nolan said Mr Grech was initially trapped chest-deep.

Rescuers had to stabilise the trench’s walls before using buckets to remove soil and debris.

The plumber who was stuck in a muddy trench in Essendon says he feared for his life during the ordeal and has hailed a heroic firefighter risked his life during the emergency rescue.

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Omaha company contests fine in trench collapse that hurt worker

Source: Omaha World-Herald, Nov 15, 2017
By: Jay Withrow, World-Herald Staff Writer

Utility Trenching of Omaha is contesting a $3,800 fine issued in connection with a cave-in that injured a worker.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Utility Trenching was fined $3,803 after a trench caved in on March 14, injuring Drew Johnson, 23, of Omaha. Johnson was trapped for about 6½ hours after the trench collapse at 13019 Leavenworth Court, near 132nd Street and West Dodge Road.

Johnson was stuck knee-deep in soil in the roughly 12-foot-deep trench, OSHA said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a sprained right ankle, a twisted right knee and a strained back.

The trench collapsed on Johnson about 8 a.m. that day, OSHA said, after he jumped into the trench to probe for a buried sewer pipe.

Factors contributing to the collapse included employees failing to install proper shoring in the trench before entering, OSHA said.

Utility Trenching is contesting the fine before an independent panel, OSHA said.

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Recognized Instructors and Programs Applications

NAXSA Recognized Instructors

Earning a NAXSA's recognized instructor designation is fast-becoming a sought-after credential in the trench shoring industry. Recognized instructors embody NAXSA’s goal of “zero deaths and injuries” in trench shoring. The program ensures instructors are trained in construction safety, shoring and shielding, OSHA Standards, meet the required levels of training experience, and are qualified to teach the material.

Additionally, recognized instructors have proven teaching skills that are effective for knowledge sharing, allow students to stay focused and engaged in their courses, and effectively use instruction aids such as presentations and real-world examples.

NAXSA Recognized Training Programs

Validate your trench shoring training program!

Having a NAXSA Recognized Training Program illustrates your dedication to safety in the trench shoring industry. All reviewed with a keen eye to ensure the program is presented by a knowledgeable & qualified trainer and to validate the program is of the highest quality and benefit to participants. Recognized programs are of the highest caliber!

Requirements include complete review of the program's:

  • Training manual
  • Presentation
  • Presentation handouts
  • Additional program material

Only NAXSA Recognized Instructors may facilitate NAXSA Recognized Training Programs.

Efficiency Production Hosts TrenchMaster I and TrenchMaster II Dealer Training Sessions

This fall 2017, Efficiency Production hosted their bi-annual TrenchMaster I and TrenchMaster II dealer training courses for personnel from Efficiency’s national dealer network. TrenchMaster I was September 19-21; and TrenchMaster II was October 17-19.

The TrenchMaster I course is designed to train new dealer personnel in the proper application and use of Efficiency’s many shoring and excavation support products, and learn the proper use and application for each piece of equipment. Through hands-on field exercises, students learn how to assemble and use common shielding and shoring equipment; as well as examine the limitation of the equip as stipulated in the manufacturer’s Professional Engineered-stamped Tabulated Data.Thirteen representatives from the following dealerships attended TrenchMaster I training: Trench Plate Rentals, Trench Safety, Hewitt Rentals, Underground Safety Equipment, MacAllister Rentals, Baker Corp, and the IUOE 150 Apprenticeship program.

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The TrenchMaster II course is designed to equip distributor representatives with knowledge needed to solve common issues encountered by the customers they serve. The class expands on TrenchMaster I training by showing students how to solve excavation issue in the most efficient manner by utilizing Efficiency shoring equipment. During student-led field exercises, students execute Efficiency Production standard procedures for the proper installation of a full Slide Rail System.

Twelve representatives from the following dealerships attended TrenchMaster II training: MacAllister Rentals, Trench Plate Rental, Baker Corp, and the IUOE 150 Apprenticeship program.

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Efficiency Production, “America’s Trench Box Builder™,” is a Trinity Shoring Products company. Efficiency provides the widest selection of standard and custom trench shielding and shoring systems.  Efficiency’s versatile products are designed specifically for safe and cost effective installation of utility systems and infrastructure improvements.  All products are P.E. certified to meet OSHA standards. For more information, visit www.efficiencyproduction.com.

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Contact: James McRay, Director of Marketing & Media
Telephone: 517-676-8800; james.mcray@trin.net

Trade Release: OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule becomes effective November 9, 2017.

OSHA issued a final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010. After stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements, OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. This one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2017
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

2017 Webinar Series

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Webinar: Confined Spaces
Speaker: David Dow
Recorded on: March 10, 2017
Restrictions: NAXSA Members-only (sign-into your NAXSA profile prior to "registering")

Webinar: Crane Safety
Speaker: Ronald Overton
Recorded on: March 10, 2017
Restrictions: NAXSA Members-only (sign-into your NAXSA profile prior to "registering")

Webinar: Pipe Plug
Recorded on: March 10, 2017
Restrictions: NAXSA Members-only (sign-into your NAXSA profile prior to "registering")

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