Iowa’s Trench Safety Event Saves Lives, Promotes Jobsite Safety
Local Utility Construction Companies Hold Safety Events for Employees, Industry
(Van Meter, Iowa) – The Iowa Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association as part of the effort to reduce trench accidents and fatalities participated in National Trench Safety Stand Down Week (TSSD), held during the week of June 15 – 19.
The week is set aside to remind trench workers of the extreme risks associated with working in and around trenches and the need to always follow established trench safety rules and guidelines. During TSSD events, industry safety experts go to scheduled job sites to give safety reminders to trench workers. They involve interaction between the safety instructors and company employees, discussing the various methods to properly shore trenches and what to be aware of in a complicated environment. TSSD events can also involve local emergency responders who conduct mock trench safety rescues.
During TSSD 2020, NUCA Iowa’s associate member Contractor Solutions provided trench safety talks to 423 workers at 71 job sites for 18 different companies in the state of Iowa.
The list of Iowa companies that participated in 2020 Trench Safety Stand Down is comprised of:
Contractor Solutions is a rental and sales company that specializes in products for the underground construction industry in Iowa & Nebraska.
NUCA Iowa is the local chapter of NUCA, with a focus on safety, networking and membership in the underground utility contractor industry. It can be found online at www.nucaofiowa.com.
Founded in 1964, the National Utility Contractors Association represents nearly 1,700 U.S. utility and excavation contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers who provide the materials and workforce to build and maintain our nation’s intricate network of water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, and electric infrastructure. NUCA is found online at www.nuca.com, and can be followed on Twitter at @NUCA_National. The association’s Twitter hashtags are #WeDigAmerica and #NUCAdigs. The hashtag for the 2020 TSSD event was #TSSD20 and #TrenchSafetyMonth.