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Trenching and Excavation Hazards: Protect Employees and Prevent OSHA Citations

Trenching and Excavation Hazards: Protect Employees and Prevent OSHA Citations

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Trenching and Excavation Hazards: Protect Employees and Prevent OSHA Citations

Live Webinar: Wednesday June 27, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to follow trench and excavation safety requirements for design, access and egress, inspections, hazardous atmospheres, and more.


 

In October 2018, responding to a series of fatal incidents, OSHA implemented a new National Emphasis Program designed to target trenching and excavation hazards in the construction industry. 

Under the NEP, OSHA compliance officers will initiate inspections whenever they observe an open trench or an open excavation, regardless of whether or not a violation is readily observed. Since the implementation of the program, there have been a number of high-penalty enforcement cases for excavation violations. In Pennsylvania alone, there were two separate cases with six-figure fines in the first few months of 2019. Employers with workers who perform work in excavations must take steps to implement safe practices and prevent citations.

Join us on June 27 for an all-new webinar led by two skilled safety attorneys who will explain how to avoid legal compliance mistakes that could lead to costly penalties for your organization. 

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Avoid the most common violations under OSHA’s standards for trenching and excavation
  • Classify trench soil type and identify the appropriate protective measures and safety practices for each
  • Choose the right kind of protective system for your excavation work
  • Follow requirements for trench design, access and egress, inspections, hazardous atmospheres, and more

 

About Your Presenters

Adele L. AbramsAdele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
President
Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Ms. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient at the practice specialty, chapter, and regional level multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health, and is a regular columnist on safety law issues for multiple magazines. 

Brian YellinBrian Yellin, Esq., CIH, CSP
Of Counsel
The Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.

Brian Yellin, CIH, CSP is an attorney with The Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, P.C. He is admitted to the Maryland and Montana Bars and holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health from City University of New York at Hunter College.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven and City University of New York at Hunter College where he taught undergraduate/graduate level industrial hygiene and safety classes.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Yellin worked for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a compliance officer, assistant area director and area director with the Manhattan Area Office. He has expert knowledge of the OSHA standards and OSHA’s inspection policies and procedures, particularly those related to OSHA’s expanded health standards, including the asbestos, bloodborne pathogens, and silica standards for general industry and construction.