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State Fund Offers Free Trench Awareness Training in Pleasanton

September 29, 2010

PLEASANTON, CA --- State Compensation Insurance Fund is holding a free seminar promoting trench safety and awareness to help mitigate the dangers of working around underground utilities.

The event takes place on October 13 in Pleasanton.

Anyone who works in or around trenches is encouraged to attend.

Information will be presented by Rudy Schroeder, who has extensive experience instructing Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Compliance Officers and is certified by the State Fire Marshal’s Office to train firefighters in trench rescue.

Rudy will explain steps to take prior to digging, methods of protecting workers from hazards, and safe work practices. The dangers of construction excavations, the mechanics of trench cave-ins, and Cal/OSHA requirements will also be discussed.

Registration and complimentary continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. at the State Fund Bay Area Regional Office, 5890 Owens Drive, Pacific/Atlantic Room. The seminar will end at 12:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

To register, contact Grace Virrey at (925) 523-5617 or visit the Safety & Seminars page at

The seminar is part of State Fund’s Employer Education Series offered throughout the state on a variety of workers’ compensation topics.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Established in 1914 by the state legislature, State Fund is California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance and a vital asset to California businesses. Completely self supporting, State Fund plays a stabilizing role in California’s economy by maintaining an open door policy that ensures all employers have a strong and stable option for their workers’ compensation needs.

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