Trench Safety Stand Down
2021 Trench Safety Stand Down
June 14-18, 2021
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.
How to Conduct a Trench 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 member companies provide to NUCA 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. You can find all the appropriate documentation in the TSSD Forms section to the right.
Recognition of Participation
For participants in the 2021 TSSD, NUCA will provide a Certificate of Participation which will be e-mailed to all participating companies, and helmet stickers will be physically mailed to the address provided on the form you will complete below. Please allow at least several weeks for our safety team to process your submission.
NUCA will publish the list of names of participating organizations on the NUCA website and in our printed publications after the conclusion of the event. Please feel free to send in any photos taken during your stand down to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may be published in our publications to encourage other companies to follow your company's lead and emphasize trench safety all year long.
TSSD 2021 Submission Form: Submit Your 2021 Fillable Form to Receive Your Helmet Stickers
If you have any questions with the online submission form please contact Meredith Leutbecker by email email@example.com.
Trench Safety Stand Down Week Goals
TSSD was first held in 2016 by NUCA, with OSHA joining as a partner a year later. The goal of the event 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 right for materials to use during your Stand Down week.
2022 Trench Safety Stand Down
The 2022 TSSD will be held in June, with the final dates to be determined by fall 2021. The event traditionally occurs in mid-June, along with June 2022 to be declared the third annual "Trench Safety Month".
The 2021 Trench Safety Stand Down!
Our industry Trench Safety Stand Down is supported by OSHA.
NUCA’s Trench Safety Stand Down is also sponsored by the NUCA Safety Ambassadors Club.
2020 Trench Safety Stand Down
Our last TSSD reached 32,000 participants from more than 200 organizations across 3,500 jobsites. This was a great turnout for a year of pandemic, but we can all do better! Let's keep our people safe in the trenches!
TSSD Week Webinar Series
During TSSD Week, United Rentals will be generously hosting a series of webinars covering a range or important trench safety topics.
Download the flyer to read more about the daily webinars and how to register.
Submit Your 2021 Fillable PDF Form
to Receive Your Helmet Stickers!
Additional Trench Safety Resources:
OSHA Trench Safety Links:
OSHA Fact Sheet – Trenching and Excavation Safety: English | Spanish
OSHA Trench Safety Resources:
Slope It, Shore It, Shield It Poster,
Employee Cards & Bilingual Information