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Trenching PSA (English)  MP3 Version

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 www.osha.gov.

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