Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IV

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 22, 2004


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.

II. Implementation Team and Contributors:

Metro Atlanta Area - Representatives from OSHA, ASSE and Georgia Tech conducted all required quarterly meeting by teleconferencing, formal meetings and training sessions on the following dates: 7/13/06, 8/11/06 and 9/15/06.

Savannah Area - Representatives from the ASSE, as well as OSHA’s Regional and Savannah Area Offices held a meeting on 9/12/05, 4/10/06, 5/08/06 and 7/10/06.

Evaluation Period:

September 21, 2005, through September 21, 2006

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

  • OSHA Savannah Area Office and the Savannah Chapter - ASSE held trenching training sessions 3/10/06 and 10/27/06.
  • Alliance member participated in two OTI - 3010 Course, "Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics" offered by Georgia Tech’s OSHA Ed Center. The total enrollment for these two courses was 87 students
  • Alliance member participated in two free Construction Safety and Health Seminars offered by Georgia Tech’s OSHA Ed Center. The total enrollment for these two seminars was 68 students
  • Alliance members, OSHA and ASSE Trench Task Force, participated in the OTI - 500 Course, Construction Update, conducted by Georgia Tech
  • None
Outreach and Communication

  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conducted a presentation on the Alliance during the October 10 -12, 2006, Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conducted a presentation on the Alliance and Trenching Safety during the March 23, 2006, Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA) - Spring Conference
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conducted numerous safety and health presentation during this period highlighting the Alliance and outreach material developed by the group
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative promoted the Alliance during the Association of General Contractors (AGC) – Georgia Chapter, Annual Super Friday event in March 31, 2006. This event was conducted at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Forsyth, GA, which is the state’s training facility for State Troopers and Fire Fighters
  • In May 2006 (*following the death of a city employee) a Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative coordinated with the City of Byron, Georgia, to provided the Department of Public Workers employees with training on the OSHA Excavation and Trenching Standard
  • The Trenching Safety Training DVD developed by the SAFE Alliance was distributed by the ASSE Trenching Taskforce Alliance
  • None
IV. Results
Year Trenching fatality in Georgia
2002 2
2003 4
2005 0
2006 0
Total 6

*Note: The May 2006 fatality in Byron, GA, is not included in this figure, because Federal OSHA does not have jurisdiction for public-sector employees in the state.

V. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2006
  • Renewal of Alliance agreement