United Rentals to host trench safety webinar

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United Rentals is to host an online trench safety educational webinar on June 19 that aims to equip attendees with the knowledge to ensure safe excavation practices and enhance trench safety.

The company said the Understanding Trench Safety Essentials webinar, arranged as part of the 2024 Trench Safety Stand Down initiative, will address a number of commonly misunderstood aspects of trench safety. These include: 

The 20 Foot Rule: The United Rentals Trench Safety team will clarify the 20’ deep rule and explain the many circumstances that may require engineer approval at shallower depths.

Limitations of Protective Systems: OSHA guidelines and manufacturer recommendations on protective systems can conflict. The team will clarify the rules on tabulated data to help guide crews for safe and compliant excavations.

Trench Shield Usage: The United Rentals team will discuss common questions and uses for trench shields, tabulated data and restrictions or modifications.

Trench Safety Stand Down, which takes place from June 17-21, is a North American initiative focused on trench and excavation hazards. The initiative is designed to reinforce the importance of using trench protective systems and protecting workers from trenching hazards.

United said it also encourages companies to conduct or participate in safety activities that review hazards related to working in and around trenches and excavations in infrastructure, oil and gas transmission and gas distribution projects.

TJ Bryson, Trench Safety Region Sales and Marketing Director, United Rentals, said, “Safety on the jobsite is paramount. At United Rentals, we believe safety powered by productivity is the best way to protect workers and prevent damage to structures and infrastructure.

“Our Trench Safety Stand Down training session provides an excellent learning opportunity for teams to equip themselves with the essential knowledge to help operations run smoothly and safely.”

United Rentals operates the largest shoring and underground excavator equipment fleet in North America from more than 92 locations across the region. Last year the company launched an online series of trench safety educational sessions to raise awareness around trench and excavation practice.


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