Excavator | July/August 2018

A message from NAXSA

In this Issue:

New NAXSA Marketing Opportunity!

Trench Safety Summit - Colorado

Save the Date for the 2019 NAXSA Convention

Trench Collapse Injuries

Death by Trench Series

‘Slope it, shore it, shield it’: OSHA offers free stickers on trenching safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Excavating Company After Observing Employees Working in Unprotected Trench

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Excavating Company Following Fatal Trench Collapse

Industry News & Resources

NAXSA Committees

NAXSA Calendar

Do You Have News?

New NAXSA Marketing Opportunity! NAXSA Member Directory & Buyers Guide

Buyers Guide ImageNAXSA is proud to announce its first printed Member Directory & Buyers Guide in 2019. The NAXSA Member Directory & Buyers Guide is aimed at being the most robust tool to find the resources you need in the excavation shoring industry. A copy of the NAXSA Member Directory & Buyers Guide will be provided free-of-charge to every NAXSA member for use throughout the year.

The printed Buyers Guide will be a manageable, spiral-bound, 5.5” wide x 8.5” tall, resource—easy to keep handy on a day-to-day basis. The Member Directory section will be listed by state and the purchased Buyers Guide listings will be listed by category.

Member Directory

As a NAXSA member you will automatically receive a complimentary listing in member directory portion of the NAXSA Member Directory & Buyers Guide. Information to be listed will be: Company Name; Company Address; Company Type; Your Name, Email, and Phone Number; Company Website URL.

To ensure we have correct company information, you are encouraged to log on to the NAXSA website and review/update your information. If you have trouble logging in, please follow the "forgot username/password" prompts or call NAXSA Member Services, 651-379-7307, for assistance.

Buyers Guide

The Buyers Guide section listings and advertisements are an additional cost. NAXSA members and non-members have the option of purchasing printed and online listings with up to two (2) basic category listings included in the basic price. The deadline for Buyers Guide submissions is October 1, 2018.

Get the Details.

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Trench Safety Summit - Colorado

Mark Your Calendar!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton, CO 80601 

NAXSA is partnering with OSHA to bring this one-day summit to you to educate and promote trench safety. It will be free to participants. Sponsorships are available.

Watch for more information coming soon!

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2019 NAXSA Convention

NAXSA 2019 Convention

Plan to join us for the North American Excavation Shoring Association's 5th Annual Convention in Las Vegas Nevada! NAXSA’s convention offers one-of-a-kind networking opportunities, and educational seminars tailored exclusively for those in excavation shoring practices.

Host Hotel

Park MGM
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-7777

Park MGM is a new resort from MGM Resorts and Sydell bringing fun in a personal way to Las Vegas with the help of a great community of friends and collaborators. Stay tuned throughout 2018 as they unfold and become home to Eataly, The NoMad Hotel Las Vegas, Roy Choi's first restaurant outside of Los Angeles, and more. View more details about the hotel and location here.

Book Your Hotel Reservations Today!

Beat the rush and make your room reservations at our host hotel now! To take advantage of the 2019 NAXSA Convention rates at the Park MGM, your reservation must be made by Sunday, January 27, 2019. NAXSA has secured special room rates — listed below — that are available until Sunday, January 27, 2019, or until the contracted room block is exhausted, whichever comes first.

Room Rates:
Park King - $95++ and a $35 resort fee
Nighthawk King - $57++ and a $35 resort fee
++ applies to any applicable taxes, occupancy fees or services charges that are applied to the room rate

Reservation Deadline: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Check-In Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 11:00 a.m

To Make Reservations

Reservations can be made online at the NAXSA 2019 Hotel Reservation Website. Click here for Park MGM Reservation.

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Trench Collapse Injuries

They happen far too often, and the results are always devastating

Contractors Hotline, May 2018
By David V. Dow, Training Committee Chairman - North American Excavation Shoring Association, Senior Vice-President- Trench Safety and Supply, and Underground Safety Equipment, LLC.

  • Working in trenches and excavations is one of the most hazardous types of work.
  • As many as 400 workers have been killed yearly in trenches and excavations across the U.S.
  • Several thousand more workers are seriously injured.
  • Most of the trenches and excavations in which workers are injured or killed are relatively shallow (5-15 feet deep)
  • Many of the workers have not had excavation safety training.

Many people don't appreciate the weight of soil. One cubic foot of soil weighs between 90 and 140 pounds.Just one cubic yard of soil (27 cubic feet), weighs between 2,430 and 3,780 pounds. The human body isn't designed to accept the trauma of having that much weight fall on it.

The deaths and injuries result from suffocation, crushing, drowning, loss of circulation, and objects rolling or falling into the trench or excavation.

Cave-ins are a simple matter of physics. Think about it. Before we excavate, all the physical forces of nature are in balance. There is equal pressure in all directions in the soil. But once we start excavating, we create a void - an empty space. The earth will want to "heal its self" - except in stable rock, which is extremely rare - by caving-in.

The end result is that when trench ,walls cave in, and workers are not properly protected (by sloping, shoring, or shielding), they will most likely be crushed. They don't stand a chance. And there is a mistaken belief that workers have to be totally covered up to die.The reality is that workers die being just partially buried.

Read the full article.

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Death by Trench

Equipment World - This series of articles examines the business and human costs of trench-collapse fatalities in the United States. Click here to see the full set of articles in this series.

Special Report: Death by Trench

The business and human costs of trench-collapse fatalities in the United States

When it comes to construction fatalities, trench deaths can be easy to overlook. The number of deaths – 49 in the 2016 to 2017 time period – falls far below the top four culprits of construction deaths: falls, electrocution, struck by object and caught-in/between.

But trench fatalities usually mean prolonged efforts to recover a victim, exacerbating the experience for co-workers and family. They require advanced expertise by first responders. Many times, even partially buried victims don’t survive. And they deal a staggering loss to families and to crews that sometimes have worked together for years.

Then there’s the cost. OSHA fines are just the beginning. A trench death stops work, increases workers’ compensation costs, hikes your insurance premiums and makes you ineligible to work for certain owners. And all of that is before the legal fees.
Most frustrating of all: every death could have been prevented by using methods that have been known for decades.

In preparing this report, the editors of Equipment World wanted to examine the human side of the trench fatality statistics. We talked to survivors, co-workers, victims’ families and first responders. We heard from victims’ advocates and lawyers. We asked trench protection experts and contractors for best practices.

These deaths delivered immeasurable loss. They all began with the decision that a trench didn’t require worker protection.

Click here to see the full series of articles.

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‘Slope it, shore it, shield it’: OSHA offers free stickers on trenching safety

OSHA StickerOSHA has unveiled a new sticker intended to raise awareness of trenching safety by reminding workers to “slope it, shore it, shield it.”

According to the agency, 23 construction workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016, exceeding the combined total from 2014 and 2015.

“When done safely, trenching operations can limit worker exposure to cave-ins, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres and hazards from mobile equipment,” OSHA states. “The best way to prevent a trench collapse is to slope or bench trench walls, shore trench walls with supports, or shield trench walls with trench boxes.”

The free stickers are available in English and Spanish. Go to OSHA’s Publications page to order them.

A poster on the same topic was also recently released - Slope It, Shore It, Shield It Poster
(OSHA, 2018)

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U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA News Releases

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Excavating Company After Observing Employees Working in Unprotected Trench

July 18, 2018

LEBANON, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Karrenbrock Excavating LLC for allowing two employees to work in an unprotected trench while installing sewers. The company faces proposed penalties of $189,221.

OSHA inspectors determined that the company failed to use benching, sloping, shoring, or other protective systems to prevent a trench collapse; conduct regular inspections of the jobsite; adequately train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe trench conditions; ensure a safe means for exiting the excavation; and ensure that excavated materials were kept at least 2 feet from the trench edge. OSHA initiated the inspection under its National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation.

“A trench can collapse in seconds and trap workers under thousands of pounds of soil,” said OSHA St. Louis Area Office Director Bill McDonald. “Employers performing excavation work must develop and implement safety procedures to properly protect their employees from cave-ins, and train crews to recognize and evaluate hazards.”

Karrenbrock Excavating LLC has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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 help 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 https://www.osha.gov.

Release Number: 18-1140-KAN

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Excavating Company Following Fatal Trench Collapse

Region 5 - June 22, 2018

LEBANON, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited JK Excavating & Utilities Inc. after an employee suffered fatal injuries in a trench collapse. OSHA has proposed penalties of $202,201, and placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA investigators determined that employees at a residential construction site in Morrow, Ohio, were working in trenches up to 16-feet deep without adequate cave-in protection. OSHA cited the company for failing to use protective systems to prevent a cave-in; implement methods to remove accumulating water; properly use ladders to enter and exit the trench; prevent employees from working beneath a suspended trench box; ensure employees wore hard hats; and make provisions for prompt medical attention in the event of injury.

“A trench can collapse in seconds, burying workers under the weight of thousands of pounds of soil,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati Area Office Director. “This tragedy was preventable, and could have been avoided if the employer had installed required protective systems to prevent a trench cave-in.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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 https://www.osha.gov.

Release Number: 18-1011-CHI

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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).

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Industry News & Resources

Following are links to articles and resources of interest as published by industry trade publications and news media:

Press Releases
Emmett Malloy, Father of Trench Shoring Company Founder, Tom Malloy, Inducted Into National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

News
How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects
(by Daniel P. Duffy, Forester Daily News/Grading & Excavation Contractor, June 19, 2018)

Other
'Slope It, Shore It, Shield It' Poster
(OSHA, 2018)

'Slope It, Shore It, Shield It' Sticker
(OSHA, 2018)

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NAXSA Calendar

August 17, 2018
September Excavator Article Deadline

October 3, 2018
Trench Safety Summit - Colorado

February 27-March 1, 2019
5th Annual NAXSA Convention, Las Vegas

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