Trench Safety Stand Down

2020 Trench Safety Stand Down 
June 15-19, 2020

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 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. 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.

Recognition of Participation
For participants in the 2019 TSSD (June 17-21, 2019), NUCA will provide a Certificate of Participation which will be mailed to all participating companies by the end of July 2019. NUCA will publish the list of names of participating organizations on the NUCA website and in our printed publications. Submit TSSD Completion Forms (which can be filled out electronically) and any questions you may have to

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 materials to use during your Stand Down week.


The 2019 Trench Safety Stand Down



The 2018 and 2019 Trench Safety Stand Down were supported by OSHA.

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

TSSD Resources:

TSSD Poster

Buried Alive Article

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


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