NUCA's Trench Safety Stand Down

Trench Safety Stand Down

Sponsored by NUCA and the Safety Ambassadors Club

June 19-24, 2017


NUCA, with the full support of OSHA, is requesting all contractors, municipalities, military, and others involved with trenching operations to hold a Trench Safety Stand Down during the week of June 19-24, 2017. Accidents caused by cave-ins and other trenching hazards often lead to fatalities and serious injuries, which are preventable.  The National Trench Safety Stand Down is intended to raise awareness of trenching and excavation hazards in construction and other industries, and to reduce accidents and injury. 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/excavations. If we can reach enough workers, 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?

This year we will start with a NUCA Trench Safety Stand Down and work to broaden its reach. However, anyone who wants to prevent trench/excavation hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand Down. We encourage utility construction, residential, highway construction, plumbers, military, unions, associations, and safety equipment manufacturers. Please see the links to the left for materials to use during your Stand Down week.


NUCA will partner with NUCA members, chapters, and suppliers. Partners will be considered “Participating Organizations” by following the instructions above.

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.

How to Become a Participating Organization:

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

  1. Contact NUCA at
  2. Provide company name and state
  3. Request to have company or organization logo inserted
  4. 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
  5. Provide email address
  6. NUCA will insert your logo and email promotion to you
  7. Print as many copies as needed

Participating Organizations

Burgess Civil, LLC

Globe Contractors, Inc.

Johansen Excavating, Inc.

Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc.

Roloff Construction Co., Inc.

Standard Utility Construction, Inc.