LIVES ARE AT RISK AND THE LAW IS
A recent review of fatalities, accidents, injuries and near misses in New Brunswick has led us to direct our attention toward trenching safety.
There has been no change in legislation, but we will be keeping a close eye on these operations throughout the province.
What does zero tolerance mean for your operations?
WorkSafeNB will be strictly enforcing the regulations around trenching procedures. If we encounter violations of these laws, there will be zero tolerance.
Zero tolerance means any or all of the following:
To ensure that you are operating within the law, please review the resources we have made available. These materials are there to help you and to answer your questions. For specific information about trenching requirements, refer to the General Regulation 91-191. In particular, sections 180-188 deal specifically with trenching. Other materials include:
New Brunswick Worker Buried Alive
#19 Trenching - Protection
#20 Trenching - Inspection
#25 Underground Utility Locates
Trenching near utility lines or piping
Checklist for Trenching and Excavation
You are welcome to print these items for your use and to distribute them to those who will benefit from this information. We also have a trenching sticker available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your free sticker and for more information on WorkSafeNB publications.
The New Brunswick Construction Safety Association (NBCSA) offers workshops on trenching awareness. For more information, visit www.nbcsa.ca or call 506 627-1477.