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United Rentals Trench Safety

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Trench Safety Stand Down Week

JUNE 20 - 24, 2022

Trench Safety Stand Down

The 2022 Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week will be held June 20 - 24, 2022. Raising awareness around the hazards associated with trench and excavation work is our focus and we are here help you do just that. We will be providing a full week of educational webinars and toolbox talks across North America. 


The Buried Truth Uncovered

A Survivor's Story

Hear from a trench collapse survivor as he shares his terrifying experience of being buried alive. Eric Giguere will speak about his death-defying work-related accident that changed his life, as well his personal commitment to safety awareness.

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Tabulated Data

What it is and why is it important?

Virtually everything used in the world of construction has a capacity. Every manufacturer will provide details on what their equipment will do. If one were to use equipment beyond its rated capacity, failure can occur. Trench safety gear is no different. Bruce Magee will host this webinar to help attendees learn just what these specifications, recommendations, and limitations of usage are for shoring and shielding equipment. This session will also go into what must happen when equipment needs to be used beyond its rated capacity.

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Who's in Charge?

The Competent Person

Join this webinar hosted by Joe Wise to understand what regulatory agencies typically look for when reviewing your competent person/worker. As we break down this important role, we will look at competent person/worker responsibilities and duties specific to excavation and trench projects. In addition, we will review the qualifications and training requirements to consider when designating and also to further develop your competent person.

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2022 Webinar Lineup

The Buried Truth Uncovered: A survivor's story
Tabulated Data - What It Is and Why It Is Important?
Who's in Charge?

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Confined Space Safety Week

MAY 9 - 13, 2022

Join us for the first annual Confined Space Safety Week, May 9-13, 2022.

Throughout the week, our teams across North America we will be focused on raising awareness around working safely in confined spaces. In addition to in-person safety talks and demonstrations, our team will be hosting multiple webinars throughout the week covering topics such as: the importance of atmospheric monitoring, proper ventilation setup and appropriate retrieval system selection used for non-entry rescues.

Check out the full webinar schedule below. 

Confined Space Safety Week
Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 10th

What are you breathing?

Join this webinar to understand why initial testing is crucial before entering a confined space. As we continue this discussion we will highlight the effects of atmospheric hazards to the human body to understand why continuous monitoring is always best. We will review proper testing procedures using either a pump mode or diffusion mode instrument. Before we conclude our discussion; we will break down general information on calibrations, bump testing, and overall maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating properly for every confined space entry project.

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Wednesday, May 11th

Confined Space Ventilation: What is right, and how can I get there?

Confined spaces, as defined by OSHA, may be found in virtually every workplace.  When employee entry into those spaces is required, the employer must ensure safe entry.  This means evaluating for existing and potential physical and atmospheric hazards.  When an atmospheric hazard is found, or may develop, proper ventilation is needed.  This webinar will explore proper ventilation sizing, set-up, purge time, and more, to help ensure a safer workplace.

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Thursday, May 12th

Prepared for non-entry rescue?

Join this webinar to understand the importance of retrieval systems, why having the right set up is critical, and how should we maintain equipment before we begin confined space operations.  As we cover this topic of retrieval systems, we will also break down the key differences of a Self-Retracting Lifeline and Mechanical Winches.  We will also review equipment inspections to ensure preparedness to conduct an efficient and safe non-entry rescue.

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