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April 1 CONN-OSHA Class Deals With Hazards of Trenching and Excavation Work

For immediate release
March 17, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Knowing the guidelines that regulate on the job procedures and taking proper safety precautions is a must for every worker in this state – especially for individuals involved in excavation activities and those who spend time in and around trenches.

Being aware of how to adequately protect oneself in an environment that many people would consider precarious can often literally make the difference in getting the job done right, without injury.

Employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will, on April 1 take a close-up look at the subject during a two hour “Trenching and Excavation“  class that offers instruction on ways that workers can best ensure their own and their co-workers’ safety and health.  

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the agency’s Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield. It will take place in Conference Room A. The session will also provide an overview of 29 CFR 1926.650 – 652 Excavations, including the role of the competent person.

“There are always hazards associated with working in a sub-surface environment, or in a location that you are not familiar with, such as a trench,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist, who is coordinating the program. “Our Trenching and Excavation workshop will cover the OSHA requirements for these activities and detail ways workers can improve safety and health procedures.”

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the session, or for additional information, please contact John Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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