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Trenching and Excavating Safety

Environmental Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Course Length

8 Hours

Max Attendees


Course Description

Designed for those individuals tasked with working in trenches and excavations. Cave-in avoidance, proper sloping, proper shoring, mobile equipment safety, and many other items are needed to ensure individuals remain safe while working in these areas. Successful completion of this course will equip those individuals with the needed education and understanding to eliminate those hazards and mitigate the associated risks of trenching and excavation operations.

Course Objectives

• Understand applicable regulatory requirements
• Understand how to recognize hazards with trenches and excavations
• Understand how soil classifications impact trenches and excavations
• Understand protective measures needed for trenching and excavating
• Understand applicable roles and responsibilities

Course Outline

• Excavation Hazards
• Defining Trenches and Excavations
• Soil Classification
• Protection from Cave-Ins
• Protection from Other Hazards
• Roles and Responsibilities
• Group Workshop Activities