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April 14 CONN-OSHA Class Deals With Hazards of Trenching and Excavation Work

For immediate release
March 17, 2009

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 those who work in excavation and in and around trenches. Knowing how to get the job done right, and without injury in these potentially dangerous environments will be the focus of CONN-OSHA’s latest training session.

Employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will, on April 14 take a close-up look at the subject during a two-hour “Trenching and Excavation Safety“ 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 Department of Labor’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, the regulation that covers excavations, including the role of the competent person.

“There are always hazards associated with working in a sub-surface environment, or in an unfamiliar location, such as a trench,” explains Catherine Zinnser, 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 how to improve safety and health procedures.”

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the session, or for additional information, please contact Catherine Zinsser at (860) 263-6942, 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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