Trench Safety Stand Down

2022 Trench Safety Stand Down 
June 13-17, 2022


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 and 2022 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 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 Helmet Stickers

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 the NUCA office by phone #703.358.9300 or email

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.

2023 Trench Safety Stand Down
The 2023 TSSD will be held in June, with the final dates to be determined by fall 2022. The event traditionally occurs in mid-June around the third week, along with June 2023 to be declared the fourth annual "Trench Safety Month".

 The 2022 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.


TSSD Resources:

TSSD 2021 Flyer: 8.5x11-in. Format

"Buried Alive" article, from Utility Contractor Magazine

2021 Trench Safety Stand Down

Our last TSSD reached 22,000 participants from more than 340 organizations across 2,200 jobsites. This was a great turnout for a year climbing out the pandemic, but we can all do better! Let's keep our people safe in the trenches!

United Rentals/NUCA
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.


TSSD Forms:

Submit Your 2021 Fillable PDF Form
to Receive Your Helmet Stickers!

Additional Trench Safety Resources:

Daily Excavation Checklist

Excavation Trench Safety Presentation

Trench Safety Handout

TSSD 2021 Participant Sign-in Sheet (For your use only.)

Trench Safety Toolbox Talk
English | Spanish

How To Give A Toolbox Talk
English | Spanish

Construction Dive: 7 Fundamentals of a
No-Nonsense Toolbox Talk
(May 27, 2021)

OSHA Trench Safety Links:

Trenching and Excavation Safety

Trenching and Excavation Safety – OSHA Pub #2226

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

OSHA Trench Safety Resources:
Slope It, Shore It, Shield It Poster,
Employee Cards & Bilingual Information