Preventing excavation and trenching injuries


There’s no better time than Dig Safe Month to ensure you and your company are doing the most to protect your workers while performing excavating and trenching work. Each year dozens of time-loss injuries and line strikes occur in Manitoba.

To help avoid serious incidents and to protect your workers, ensure:

  • Workers are trained in and following all safe work practices/procedures
  • All practices/procedures involved in excavation/trenching are reviewed by management and workers
  • Correct PPE is always worn
  • All inspections, permits and locates are conducted as necessary
  • Emergency procedures are appropriate and practiced with workers
  • Regular safety meetings are held to discuss concerns or questions

If you have any questions regarding excavation and trenching safety, please contact your regional safety advisor.