Trench Safety Information – OSHA | Trench Rentals

The Duke Company is committed to the safety of our customers who rent our well-maintained trench equipment including trench bedding boxes, man guard shields, manhole shields, trench boxes, trench compactors, trench shoring, trench excavation braces, trench mega-shore, trench rescue systems, trench shields, and trench water systems.

OSHA has provided Duke Rentals with excellent trench safety information that is worth reviewing and sharing with your teams.

OSHA – National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation*

Duke Trench Equipment Rental - Trench Safety and Trench Rental Information - OSHA and The Duke Company in Upstate N

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were

nearly double the average of the previous five years, resulting in the death of 37 workers. All of these deaths are preventable!

OSHA has made it an agency priority goal to prevent trench collapses and save lives. A new National Emphasis Program, (NEP) on Trenching and Excavations was just finalized with the goal of increasing the number of trenching and excavation hazards abated nationwide. In light of the recent resurgent number of trenching/excavation fatalities and serious injuries, the agency has determined that these worksites continue to warrant an increased enforcement presence. This will be done through strong enforcement initiatives as well as compliance assistance and outreach.

OSHA Video:  5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe 

Outreach Materials are available from The Duke Company or via:

Helpful Download Information Provided by OSHA

*Source:  OSHA


Scott Hopkins, Safety Director at The Duke Company has over 25 years of safety experience in the construction industry including excavation, road work and heavy equipment in municipal and commercial applications. Scott is an OSHA certified outreach trainer and can conduct OSHA 10 hour and OSHA 30 hour safety training. He can be reached via or via (585) 292-9870, x246.

Customers can email safety questions such as:

  • Do I need to wear a harness when renting?
  • How to tie-down equipment?




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