Excavator | November 2018

A message from NAXSA

In this Issue:

President's Corner

2019 NAXSA Convention

5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament

2018 Colorado Trench Safety Summit

Kenworth Check Engine & Stop Engine Light Safety Recall

U.S. Department of Labor and Colorado Contractors Host Trench Safety Summit

Missouri Plumbing Contractor Admits to Violating Trench Safety Requirements

OSHA Increases Trenching Education, Inspections and Enforcement

NAXSA Committees

NAXSA Calendar

Do You Have News?

President's Corner

As we all start to prepare for the upcoming holidays, I wanted to let everyone know about some of the exciting things that have happened this year in our industry and at NAXSA.

First, the Board of NAXSA has engaged a new Executive Management firm to lead NAXSA for the next period of growth for our association. Bronharp is a new firm that was formed by Melanie McKee. Some of you may know Melanie as she was a key member of the ATTSA management team for the past 20 years. Bronharp will begin its official duties as the NAXSA Executive Management firm on January 1, 2018. In the meantime, Melanie and her team will be working with NAXSA and our current management firm, EWALD, in a consulting role to help assure a smooth transition for NAXSA and to get Bronharp prepared to hit the ground running on January 1st.

Melanie has extensive experience in managing, directing and growing an association like NAXSA.  She has already demonstrated a keen understanding of our association’s mission and needs as the Board and Bronharp attempt to drive NAXSA to be the one true industry voice for our members. We also want to thank Ralph Gervasi and the rest of the great team at Ewald for all their support, hard work and professionalism over the last two years. Please join with all of the Board of Directors of NAXSA and welcome Melanie to the NAXSA family and to thank Ewald for their past service to and contributions to NAXSA.

If you have been reading the NAXSA Zingers and other industry publications over the last few months, you have probably seen “change” is continuing to occur in our industry and to some of our members. At the start of the summer, Sunbelt Rentals announced its purchase of Mabey Bridge US operations. In late July, United Rentals announced it had completed its acquisition of Banker Tanks which included the trench safety operations at Baker. Both Baker and United are members of NAXSA. In late October, we learned that Sunbelt Rentals was also acquiring Howard Nutes company, Underground Safety Equipment. Howard has been an important and dedicated participant in NAXSA since the inception of our association as a founder of NAXSA and a key leader in our industry for many years. We have been told Howard will continue to be a part of the new Sunbelt trench operations.

The NAXSA/OSHA Alliance training summit was held in early October in Denver Colorado. Thanks to some fantastic volunteers, the many sponsors who help cover the cost of this event and the unbelievable contributions of some of the NAXSA team members this event was a huge success. Over 400 persons attended this summit and many of the participants are already asking when the next summit will be held. OSHA was a great partner of this event and NAXSA is now planning the next summit for spring of 2019 in the Philadelphia area. This event was so successful OSHA is talking to NAXSA now about expanding this program to other regions of the country. Let me assure you, this hands-on, in the ground training program, was one of the best events this industry has ever seen. I hope that each of our members will volunteer to participate in the future OSAH/NAXSA safety summits as they are rolled out in your area.   

I am also very excited and pleased to announce that Mr. Brian Crandall, owner of ICON Equipment Distributors, has been voted on and approved to be our new association “President Elect”. Brian is an industry veteran and a person that most of you probably know well. Brian is the current NAXSA Secretary/Treasurer and is one of the founders of NAXSA. As a Civil Engineer he has been deeply involved in our industry since the 70’s. All of us on the Board of NAXSA are very excited to have someone with Brian’s knowledge, expertise and talents to agree to be the next President of NAXSA. Brian and I will be working closely together over the next year to assure that NAXSA is delivering value to our members and that we have a smooth transition when Brian takes over as President of NAXSA at the end of the 2020 convention.   
As you can see, this has been a year that we have all seen some big changes occur in our industry and our association. As we look forward to what the New Year will bring to our industry, I ask each of you to please be ready to make your plans to attend the upcoming NAXSA convention in Las Vegas on February 27th, 28th and March 1st. Registration for the convention will open on the NAXSA website in early December. The convention committee has put together a fantastic agenda for the meeting in Las Vegas and I think everyone will get a lot out of the presentation topics, the speakers and plans that will be rolled out at the convention.

In closing I want to wish each of you a very safe and joyous holiday season. We look forward to seeing each of you in February in Las Vegas for our annual convention.

Ron Chilton, NAXSA President
National Trench Safety, LLC  

Back to top.

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 to make your Park MGM Reservation.

Back to top.

5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament at Bears Best in Las Vegas

Join us on the Links

The 5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in conjunction with the 2019 NAXSA Convention in Las Vegas.  Bears Best Las Vegas is an upscale Jack Nicklaus Golf Course offering a world class experience. Jack Nicklaus himself selected 18 holes from his more than 200 course designs worldwide, encompassing all of his favorite holes into one round of golf. 

For an up close view of this course, go to

Registration and Sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

Back to top.

2018 Colorado Trench Safety Summit

By Richard Hearn

Our goal when we began the process was first of all to bring more awareness of not only being compliant with the use of trench safety, but to also help people understand the consequences of not using the proper methods. In our industry it continues to be a sad scenario that there are still fatalities in trench cave-in accidents because we feel that every accident is preventable. 

The other thing we were trying to accomplish was to bridge the gap between OHSA and the contractor, and help them understand that their main goal is to keep people safe and to avoid having a trench safety accident. We also wanted to give contractors a forum to ask questions of OSHA in a setting that would help open communication between them. 

The final piece was giving contractors a live view of what happens during a trench safety rescue with the fire department, which I feel was the most impactful event of the day. 

With over three hundred people in attendance, I believe we achieved all of our main goals. We have to change the safety culture in our industry and this was a good way to make an impact on changing it.

Read the OSHA Press Release later in this newsletter.

OSHA Colorado Trench Safety Summit Photo

(L to R) Denise McNeill, Kyle Delucero, Tyler Pagel, Larry Modak, Richard Hearn, Alicia Hays

OSHA Colorado Trench Safety Summit Photo

(L to R) Tyler Pagel, Richard Hearn, Kyle Delucero, Alicia Hays, Larry Modak, Christine Barnes, Dave Nelson

Back to top.

Kenworth Check Engine & Stop Engine Light Safety Recall

Important Safety Recall in Accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Subject: Safety Recall 18KWE - ISX15 Check Engine Lamp and Stop Engine Lamp Will Not Work As Intended, NHTSA Recall number 18V555.

Kenworth Truck Company has decided that a defect that relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain model 2016-2019 C500, T660, T800, and W900 chassis with IS15 engines manufactured from 07/23/2015 through 08/17/2018. In certain trucks with an ISX15 engine and a 1.9M cab, the engine wiring harness is missing circuits to allow the illumination of Check (CEL) and Stop (SEL) Engine Lamps and a sounding of the Stop Engine Alarm. Failure to notify the operator of a serious engine system problem may result in engine failure without warning, potentially impacting vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Read more.

Back to top.

Death by Trench

(This article was previously run in the July/August Excavator, but due to the timely subject matter and extent of the articles, we are providing the information again.)

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.

Back to top.

U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA News Releases

U.S. Department of Labor and Colorado Contractors Host Trench Safety Summit

October 19, 2018
Release Number: 18-1637-DEN

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) hosted a Colorado Trench Safety Summit.  

Nearly 400 attendees participated in the all-day event, which included training, live demonstrations, and a mock trench rescue from local first responders. Industry leaders, including the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Contractors Association, CO, Association of Homebuilders, Colorado Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association, and Colorado 811, worked together to highlight the message of safety in and around trenches. 

“Trenching activities continue to cause fatalities, but they can be prevented,” said Acting Regional Administrator Rita Lucero, in Denver. “This event was an opportunity to reach workers, and collaborate with employers and organizations to prevent fatal accidents in trenches.” 

OSHA Colorado Trench Safety Summit Photo

Every year, more than 50 workers are fatally injured in trench-related activities and thousands more are injured in properly shored or unstable trenches. OSHA recently updated its national emphasis program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses, and developed a series of compliance assistance resources to help keep workers safe from these hazards. The trenching and excavation webpage provides information on trenching hazards and solutions.

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 http://www.osha.gov.

Missouri Plumbing Contractor Admits to Violating Trench Safety Requirements

October 30, 2018
Release Number: 18-1702-KAN

KANSAS CITY, MO – Arrow Plumbing LLC has ­admitted to willfully violating the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards ­by failing to require and enforce the use of trench boxes or other trench protection techniques ­at a home construction site in Belton, Missouri. An employee suffered fatal injuries when an unprotected trench collapsed on him as he worked.

Under terms of a stipulation and settlement agreement entered before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Blue Springs, Missouri, company ­– and its successor company R2 Plumbing LLC ­– agreed to implement several safety enhancements. These include hiring a safety consultant to design and implement a trench safety program, and conduct safety and health audits; providing extensive training for employees; reporting trenching-related incidents and near misses to OSHA; conducting meetings at new worksites to address hazards; and completing OSHA construction, and trenching and excavation training courses. The company will also pay a civil monetary penalty of $225,000.

“Trenching and excavation work can be extremely dangerous,” said OSHA Acting Regional Administrator Bonita Winingham. “This settlement serves as a commitment by the employer to abate the identified workplace hazards, and implement additional safety measures to make their workplaces safer. The employer has also committed to ensuring continuous compliance with OSHA safety standards to prevent tragedies such as trench collapses from recurring.”

The agreement resolves similar violations cited following a December 2016 trench fatality and a January 2017 inspection where OSHA observed company employees working in an unprotected trench.

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 http://www.osha.gov.

OSHA Increases Trenching Education, Inspections and Enforcement

October 2, 2018 - OSHA's NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts while its inspectors will record trenching and excavation inspections in a national reporting system, and each area OSHA office will develop outreach programs.

Read more.

# # #

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).

Back to top.

Interested in Joining a NAXSA Committee?

Find out more on supporting NAXSA by giving back!

NAXSA Calendar

November 26, 2018
December Excavator Article Deadline

February 27, 2019
5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament, Las Vegas

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

Do You Have News?

NAXSA members are invited to submit your project profiles, industry news, press releases, articles, upcoming training dates, and NAXSA committee news for publication in the Excavator.

NAXSA is moving to a monthly newsletter beginning in September!

Deadline for the December issue is Monday, November 26, 2018. Email your articles and training dates to news@naxsa.org

NAXSA reserves the right to edit and/or omit submissions based on appropriate subject matter, duplication, and available space.

Back to top.

NAXSA Core Purpose: To promote the safe and efficient use of excavation shoring practices.

NAXSA facebook NAXSA Twitter NAXSA LInked-in NAXSA NAXSA NAXSA NAXSA website NAXSA website NASXSA website NASXSA website Liniked-In Twitter Facebook