North American Excavation Shoring Association

NAXSA Updates

NAXSA Annual Convention - Save the Date

NAXSA's 3rd Annual Convention will be held from March 12 - 14, 2017 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV!

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The Convention & Programs Committee plans and organizes the annual conference and other meetings for NAXSA. This committee is currently seeking volunteers to assist with planning. If you are interested in joining this committee, please email

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In the Industry

Proposed Changes from OSHA

OSHA is proposing changes to a number of construction standards, in an effort to "remove or revise outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent requirements in its safety and health standards”.

Read the full announcement here.

Efficiency Production Announces New International Dealer in Singapore, Suppling Southeast Asia


Efficiency Production, Inc. — America’s leading manufacturer of trench shielding and shoring equipment—is proud to announce the addition of United Shoring Specialists, a new excavation safety equipment distributor based in Singapore, to Efficiency’s international dealer network.

“We are truly excited in cementing this milestone with Efficiency Production. We hope to enhance work efficiency and trench security to ground work contractors with Efficiency’s internationally renowned trench safety equipment. With their vast experience, we are also able to design and resolve excavation constraints with Efficiency’s Special Operations team.” said Suresh Krishnasamy, Manager of United Shoring Specialists. “Efficiency is one of the leading manufacturers of trench protection systems in the world, and they have the knowledge and experience to support their well-designed and build products.”

Read the full press release here.

Death of Worker in Trench Results in $75,000 Fine

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Utility Force Inc. pleaded guilty and was given a fine of $75,000 in court after a worker died in a trench that collapsed.

On July 24, 2014, the company was engaged in the installation of water and sewer lines at a residential construction site on Venn Crescent, in the City of Toronto. A backhoe operator dug a trench from each of two residences, joining into a single trench in a "Y" configuration leading to the municipal water and sewer main lines. The depth of the excavation at one of the residences was about 10 or 11 feet.

The sides of the excavation were not sloped, and excavated material had been piled about three feet (one metre) from the edge of the trench. An 8-foot-deep by 10-foot-long shoring box was available, sitting on a flatbed trailer a short distance from the excavation. The dimensions of that trench box were not sufficient to shore a 10- to 11-foot deep excavation.

Read the full article here.

OSHA: Excavation Company Could Have Prevented Workers' Deaths

BOISE – Federal safety inspectors say a local excavation company could have prevented the deaths of two men who died after a trench collapsed in Boise last May. A third man suffered serious injuries in the accident.

"I would like to say we found some surprises. We really didn't," said David Kearns, area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA cited Hard Rock Construction, Inc. with three serious citations and one willful citation, and assessed penalties of $77,319.

The workers were doing underground utility work on Gary Lane in Boise in a trench about 10-feet deep when the dirt walls collapsed and buried three workers. Two men, Ernesto Saucedo-Zapata, 26, and Bert Smith Jr., 36, died at the scene. The coroner listed their cause of death as mechanical asphyxia due to compression. A third man, Jorge Soto, suffered multiple injuries including a broken wrist, shoulders and ribs, and he can't see out of his left eye. Soto was buried under several feet of dirt for about 10 minutes.

Read the full article here.