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Excavation and Trenching

unsafe trench workersExcavations and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. This training complies with (OSHA) Excavation and Trenching standards, 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1926, Subpart P and EM 385-1-1, Section 25, Excavation and Trenching.

This training highlights the key elements of the standards and describes safe work practices that can protect workers from cave-ins and other hazards while working in or around excavations and trenches.

Topics include:

small blue bullet Excavations.
small blue bullet Soil classification.
small blue bullet Sloping and benching.
small blue bullet Timber shoring for trenches.
small blue bullet Aluminum hydraulic shoring for trenches.
small blue bullet Alternatives to timber shoring.
small blue bullet Selection of protective systems.
small blue bullet Competent Person.
small blue bullet Access and Egress.
small blue bullet Trench Safety Measures (height, length, etc.).


protected excavation

No matter how many trenching, shoring, and backfilling jobs an employer has done in the past, it is important to approach each new job with care and preparation. Many incidents result from inadequate initial planning.

Waiting until after the work begins to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping slows down the operation, adds to the cost of the project, and makes a cave-in or other excavation failure more likely.

Who Needs Training?

excavation and trenching trenchAny employee working in or near excavations and trenches needs the training. The most common hazard at any work site is the threat of cave-in. A cave-in occurs when walls of an excavation collapse. Cave-ins can be deadly. Wall failures often occur suddenly, with little or no time for the worker to react.

Participants will receive a Participant Manual and course handouts.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the course.


We also conduct On Site Training and Live On Line Training.