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

For immediate release
March 30, 2010

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 individuals involved in excavation activities that work in and around trenches. Being aware of how to adequately protect oneself in an environment that many people would consider precarious can make a big difference when it comes time to getting the job done right, and without injury.

Employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) offer a close-up look at the subject during a two-hour “Trenching and Excavation Safety“ class to be held April 29 at the agency’s Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, in Wethersfield. The 10 a.m. to noon class will offer instruction on ways that workers can best ensure their own safety and health, and that of their co-workers.

“There are always hazards associated with working in a sub-surface environment, or in a location that you may not be familiar with, such as a trench,” explains CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Officer Catherine Zinsser. “Our trenching and excavation workshop will cover the OSHA requirements for these activities and detail strategies workers can use 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 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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