The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has launched a new tool to encourage employers to put new emphasis on trenching safety. The BWC is now offering a $2 million safety grant program to assist employers in purchasing equipment to protect their workers while working in trenching and excavating situations.
BWC’s Trench Safety Grant Program provides 4-to-1 matching funds, up to $12,000, to Ohio private and public employers covered by the State Insurance Fund who wish to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with trenching and excavation. The grant funds can assist employers in purchasing safety equipment, such as trench boxes and hydraulic shoring. Along with the grant, BWC will provide training and educational materials for employers to share with their employees on basic requirements of trench safety.
Visit trenchsafetyohio.com for links to trenching safety information and tips, training, and publications.