NAHB Offers New Trenching, Excavation Safety Resources
In an effort to increase job-site safety and reduce the chance of job-related accidents on projects where trenching and excavation are involved, NAHB recently released the “Trenching and Excavation Safety Video, English-Spanish” and the “NAHB-OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Handbook, English-Spanish,” available through BuilderBooks.com.
The handbook and video include easy-to-follow instructions in an English-Spanish format in order to provide the most effective training possible.
“The trenching and excavation safety video and handbook provide our industry with critically important information for maintaining a safe work site environment,” said NAHB Chairman Sandy Dunn. “The two products work together as easy-to-use resources for both English- and Spanish-speaking employees.”
The handbook explains in simple language how to comply with OSHA excavation standards on residential job sites, provides guidelines for conducting safe trenching and excavation operations and identifies safe work practices that can prevent serious accidents and injuries.
Builders can use the 30-minute “Trenching and Excavation Safety Video” to train workers — in English and Spanish — to reduce accidents and injuries related to trenching and excavation operations on home building job sites.
The video shows how to safely perform the most common trenching and excavation operations in residential construction, highlighting general requirements for complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s excavation standard and identifying key prevention measures that address the most common hazards on the job site.
Both safety resources are essential for learning about:
- Trenching and excavation hazards
- Competent-person responsibilities
- Soil type and testing
- Protective systems usage
- House foundations/basement excavations
- Employee training
- Hazardous atmospheres
- Entry and egress into trenches and excavations
To order the handbook or video, visit www.BuilderBooks.com/Safety, or call 800-223-2665.