The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says on average, two workers are killed each month in trench collapses.
Now, OSHA, the North Dakota Safety Council and other state organizations have signed on to an official Safety Alliance, with the goal of preventing trenching related accidents.
"They said, 'Why wait until something happens?'" said Safety Council executive director Chuck Claremont. "Let's be more active to prevent these things."
Claremont said if the awareness is there, and people are getting the training, the statistics should go down.