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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta-East Area Officev LaVista Perimeter Office Park
Building 7, Suite 110
Tucker, Georgia 30084-4154
(770) 493-6644
Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West and Savannah Area Offices
ASSE Trenching Alliance
Annual and Closeout Report
March 12, 2013


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 22, 2004

    Date Renewed:

    December 27, 2011

    Overview:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Georgia Institute of Technology -Safety, Health, and Environmental Technology Division (Georgia Tech) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) - Trench Safety Task Force Alliance is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to trenching and excavation hazards.

  2. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    Representatives from OSHA, ASSE and Georgia Tech discussed the Alliance and coordinated outreach, as well as training event by telephone throughout the year.

    Evaluation Period:

    January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012

  3. Events and Products

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Events

    • None

    Products

    • None

    Training and Education

    Events

    • Representatives from Alliance group, led by the ASSE Trenching Taskforce, participated in the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) 502 course, Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers, at Georgia Tech, on the following dates:
      • January 11, 2012
      • August 14, 2012
    • A representative from Alliance group participated in the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) 3010 course, Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics, at Georgia Tech, on the following dates:
      • April 24, 2012
      • October 16, 2012

    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication Events

    • On March 30, 2012, a representative from the ASSE Trenching Taskforce discussed trenching and excavation safety during an outreach event at Paulding County High School.
    • On June 19, 2012, a representative from the ASSE Trenching Taskforce conducted a presentation focused on trenching and excavation safety for the Jesup Fire Department, in Jesup, Georgia.

    Products

    • None
  4. Results
    Year Trenching fatality in Georgia

    2002

    2

    2003

    4

    2004

    0

    2005

    0

    2006

    0

    2007

    0

    2008

    0

    2009

    1

    2010

    1

    2011

    2

    2012

    1

    TOTAL

    11

    *Note: The May 2006 fatality in Byron, Georgia, is not included in this figure, because Federal OSHA does not have jurisdiction for public-sector employees in the state.
  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2013
    • N/A

Report Prepared by: Tom Bosley, Regional Alliance Coordinator

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA.

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