Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are trying to cut down on the number of trenching deaths, which has doubled in the last two years.
About 150 construction workers attended a conference at the Avalon Inn in Warren Wednesday to learn how to stay safe.
Loss Prevention Supervisor David Costantino said now is the perfect time for the training.
“We’re just trying to educate these construction workers on how to work safely in a trench. It’s springtime and the weather’s starting to break, so now’s the time all this work is going to start,” he said.
Building homes and laying pipelines for sewer projects are just a few of the area projects happening now that require workers to get in trenches.