Fourth annual statewide Excavation Safety Stand-down – June 15 through 19, 2020
Minnesota OSHA, along with other safety professionals, is promoting and participating in a third annual statewide Excavation Safety Stand-down from June 15 through 19.
The goal of the stand-down is to raise awareness among employers and workers about preventing excavation accidents, which have resulted in three fatalities to Minnesota workers from 2016 through 2019, due to trench collapses.
During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about excavation safety and discuss topics such as how to properly slope, shore or shield workers from hazards during excavation projects. Employers are encouraged to make a plan to protect workers and prevent accidents.
The stand-down is part of Minnesota OSHA's ongoing emphasis on excavation and trench safety to provide employers with lifesaving information and educational materials about how to plan ahead to prevent accidents and protect workers.
Certificate of participation
After a stand-down event, employers can submit a photo of the event to MNOSHA and provide the number of employees involved to receive a personalized certificate of participation from Minnesota OSHA.
Federal OSHA: Trenching and excavation safety
Minnesota OSHA fact sheet: Trenching and excavation safety
Minnesota OSHA presentation: Excavation