NUCA's Trench Safety Stand Down

Trench Safety Stand Down

Sponsored by NUCA and the Safety Ambassadors Club

The 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down will be held between June 18-23

The 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down is officially endorsed by OSHA

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

NUCA’s 2017 Trench Safety Stand Down Reached more than 10,000 Workers!

The NUCA 2017 TSSD was an amazing success, thanks in no small part to all the hard work of members and nonmembers alike. This collaboration reinforces our belief that all industry segments can come together to work for a common purpose – employee safety. This year’s stand down reached more than five times the workers than the first TSSD last year. It gives us great pride to see the efforts of contractors who held stand downs at 800+ jobsites and reached more than 10,200 workers, both in the U.S. and abroad. A stand down was held at Bagram Airforce Air Field in Afghanistan, where civil engineering airmen teamed up with DOD contractors to hold their own stand down. How’s that for getting the message of safety in the trenches out there?  We would like to thank the NUCA Safety Ambassadors Club members for sponsoring this year’s TSSD.

TSSD Participation Certificates and hard hat stickers are already being sent out. If you participated but have not sent in your completion form, please do so now. Please direct any questions you may have to

TSSD Resources:

TSSD Flyer

TSSD Forms:

Preparing for the TSSD

TSSD Sign In Sheet

TSSD Completion Form

Additional Trench Resources:

Daily Excavation Checklist

Excavation Trench Safety Presentation

Trench Safety Handout

Trench Safety Toolbox Talk:
English | Spanish

 Trench Safety Toolbox Talk Podcast

OSHA Trench Safety Links:

Trenching and Excavation Safety – OSHA Pub #2226

OSHA Fact Sheet – Trenching and Excavation Safety: English | Spanish

Working Safely in Trenches: English | Spanish

Trench Safety Poster: English | Spanish

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 & excavation 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 to the left for materials to use during your Stand Down week.

How to Become a Participating Organization

Anyone who is interested in spreading the word of trench safety can participate in the Stand Down as a “Participating Organizations.”

1)  To become a Participating Organization and to receive a Trench Safety Stand Down flyer with your company’s logo:

2) Contact NUCA at

3) Provide company name and state

4) Request to have company or organization logo inserted

5) Attach logo to email – Logos must be a minimum of 2.75” by 1.5” at 300 dpi. Preferred formats are: .png or .tiff with transparency or .eps

6) Provide email address

NUCA will insert your logo and email promotion to you

Print as many copies as needed.

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

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. 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. NUCA will also provide a Certificate of Participation which will be emailed to all participating companies. Download the Trench Safety Stand Down Completion form here.

Organizations that Held Stand Downs:

United States Airforce

A.J. Johns, Inc.

Barber Utilities

Billy Back Excavating LTD

Boulder Energy Solutions

BR Kreider & Son Inc.

Brad Cole Construction Company, Inc.

Brent Scarbrough & Company

BRS Inc.


CA Murren and Sons

Capital Region Water, Central Florida Tapping

City of Fredericksburg


CM RoadBuilders

Consumers Energy Facilities SE Zone

D&G Contractors

Danella Companies Inc.

Danielson Inc.

Distribution Constructions

Doli Construction

Elizabethtown Area Water Authority

ET MacKenzie Company

Flippo Construction Company, Inc.

Foremost Pipeline Construction

Garney Construction

Gen 3 Energy

Genesis Environmental

Globe Contractors Inc.

Gray and Son Inc

HD Supply Waterworks

Highmark Concrete Contractors LLC

Iowa Trenchless

Iron Woman Construction

Johansen Excavating Inc.

John Burns Construction

KRG Utility

Latex Construction Company

Ligonier Construction Company

MAC Construction & Excavating

McAninch Corporation

Meridian Construction Consultants

Michael F Ronca & Sons

MIG Construction

MMR Construction

North Texas Contracting


NUCA National Office

NUCA of Colorado

Parisi Construction Inc.

Perry Engineering Company

Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors


Plant Architects Plant Outfitters

Rawhide Chemoil Inc.

Redford Construction Inc.

Roloff Construction Company

Schlouch Inc.

Southland Holding LLC

TB Landmark Construction

Team Fishel

TEC Excavation

TEG Tolunay Engineering Group Inc.

Texas Cutting and Coring


Vogel Bros. Building Company

WC Spratt

Welty Building Company

Wharton Smith Inc.

Whiting Turner Contracting Company

William A. Hazel Inc.

William Anthony Excavating