According to OSHA, trench-related worker deaths have increased. 23 construction workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016, exceeding the combined total from 2014 and 2015.

OSHA’s new PSA, featuring Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, shares important trenching safety tips (Available in English and Spanish):

Transcript of OSHA Trenching PSA:

The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to the safety of the American workforce.
If you work around trenches or excavations, here are 5 things you should know to stay safe:

  • Ensure there’s a safe way to enter and exit.
  • Trenches must have cave-in protection.
  • Keep materials away from the edge of the trench.
  • Look for standing water or atmospheric hazards.
  • And, never enter a trench unless it has been properly inspected.

These safety tips can save lives including yours.
To report an unsafe trench, call 1-800-321-6742.

For more information on trench safety, visit
This is a message from United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

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