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NAXSA / NUCA Trench Safety Stand Down
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Trench Safety Stand Down






The 2019 Trench Safety Stand Down will be held between June 17-21

The 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down was officially endorsed by OSHA

Trench Safety Stand Down is also sponsored by the NUCA Safety Ambassadors Club.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand Down

Companies will conduct a Trench Safety Stand Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity to draw attention to the specific hazards related to working in and around trenches/excavations. We ask that companies provide feedback about their Stand Down,  such as when it was held, how many workers participated, how you shared information with employees. NAXSA and NUCA will collect the information, publicize the overall total number of participants, and publish the names of the companies that held a Trench Safety Stand Down. You can find all the appropriate documentation below in TSSD Forms.

Recognition of Participation

NAXSA and NUCA will provide a Certificate of Participation which will be emailed to all participating companies as well as publish a list of names of the organizations which held stand downs and sent in completion forms on our website and in our publications.

Submit TSSD Completion Forms and any questions you may have to

What is a Safety Stand Down?

A Safety Stand Down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees and others about safety. These Stand Downs will focus on trench andexcavation hazards and reinforce the importance of using trench protective systems and protecting workers from trenching hazards.

Stand Down Goals

The goal is to reach out to the many workers who work in and around trenches and excavations to provide them with information about current excavation requirements and safety procedures for working in trenches. By reaching as many workers as possible we can reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur each year in our industry, and make others, such as municipal and industry workers who are also exposed, aware of these serious hazards.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent trenching and excavation hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand Down. We encourage utility construction, residential, highway construction, plumbers, military, unions, associations, educational institutes, and safety equipment manufacturers to participate. Please see the links below for materials to use during your Stand down week.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand Down?

Companies will conduct a Trench Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity to draw attention to the specific hazards related to working in and around trenches/excavations.

Recognition of Participation

NUCA and NAXSA will provide a certificate of participation which will be mailed to all participating companies by the end of July 2019. NUCA and NAXSA will publish the list of names of participating organizations on our websites and in printed publications.  Click here to submit electronically [Fillable PDF] and any questions you have to

SSD Resources

TSSD Flyer [PDF]

Buried Alive Article

TSSD Forms:

Preparing for the TSSD [PDF]

TSSD Sign In Sheet [PDF]

TSSD Completion Form [PDF]

Additional Trench Resources:

Daily Excavation Checklist

Excavation Trench Safety Presentation

Trench Safety Handout

OSHA Trench Safety Links:

Trenching and Excavation Safety
OSHA Pub #2226

OSHA Fact Sheet – Trenching and Excavation Safety: 

Working Safely in Trenches: 
English Spanish

Trench Safety Poster: 
English Spanish

Thank You to Our 2018 Participants

We wish to thank all of our 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down Participants!