Excavations, Trenching, Shoring

For all employees in or around excavations, this course provides knowledge of key concepts to keep you and others safe.

Upon successful completion of this course and having met all requirements, students earn:

  • Certificate of Completion

Course Details

Course Description

The following topics are covered in this Trenching and  Excavation Competent Person training course:

  • Definitions of Key Terms Used in the OSHA Excavation Standards (1926 Subpart P)
  • OSHA Requirements (federal and state) for being a Competent Person on an excavation site
  • General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work
  • Requirements for Locating and Working Near Underground Utilities (including State utility codes)
  • Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation
  • Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations
  • Exposure to Vehicular Traffic
  • Identifying and Addressing Potential Atmospheric Hazards Associated with Excavation Work
  • Soil Testing and Classification System (per appendix A of the OSHA excavation standard)
  • Requirements for Protective Systems
  • Sloping and Benching
  • Shoring
  • Trench Boxes
  • Other protective systems
  • Competent Person Inspection Requirements (pre and post-excavation, daily)
  • OSHA Directives and Interpretations Related to Trenching and Excavation
  • Handling OSHA Enforcement Inspections at Trenching and Excavation Sites
Who Should Attend?

All operations employees and management that may be near excavations

Frequency of Training

Annually or as needed

Length of Course

4 to 8 hours (if outside work is included)

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