Alaska Occupational Safety and Health to Offer Trench Safety Week Training
June 12, 2018
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) is offering trench safety training on June 21 in recognition of Trench Safety Week, which occurs the week of June 18–23. Trench-related fatalities continue an upward trend. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly double the average of the previous five years.
In an effort to reverse this trend, AKOSH has partnered with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to conduct an Excavation and Trenching Awareness Workshop. The goal is to increase awareness of trenching hazards in construction, educate employers and workers on safe cave-in prevention solutions, and decrease the number of trench collapses. Construction companies or workers who engage in trenching operations should consider attending this free workshop.
Session 1—AKOSH Enforcement representative Brandon Field will speak on commonly cited hazards in trenching and excavation specific to Alaska, give an overview of 29 CFR 1926.651, and discuss competent person criteria.
Session 2—ANTHC representative Christopher Fish will discuss the steps of conducting excavation inspections and using the mobile app “Excavation Safety Checklist” as a method for documenting excavation inspections.
Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: AKOSH Training Room, 1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 109, Anchorage
Training is free, however registration is required. To register, please contact Elaine Banda at Elaine.Banda@alaska.gov or call 907-269-4951.