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Cal/OSHA Trenching and Excavating Safety

Danger Open Excavation

Title 8 CCR 1540 Article 6 Online Training Certification Course

from the highest rated and most trusted online training company - since 2008.

In this course, we will talk about how to prepare a site for excavation, the hazards present, protective systems that can be implemented, and requirements for those systems. We will also gain an understanding of employer and employee responsibility for training and implementing necessary safety measures. Without proper training, employees could fail to notice small imperfections in systems or equipment that could lead to serious complications, including cave-ins.

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What are the governing regulations?
Cal/OSHA covers all private sector workplaces, state government, and local government workplaces in the state. Only employees of the federal government and offshore maritime workers are exempted from Cal/OSHA. These workers are covered under the federal OSHA plan.

The federal OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P covers a wide range of regulations related to trenching and excavating. The standard includes preparation for excavation, hazards present in excavations and trenches, and proper safety measures for working in these types of job sites.

Who must take this training?
Excavations are necessary in a wide range of construction, mining, and utility work. They provide access to systems and areas not typically accessible, whether underground or underwater. However, proper precautions must be taken while working within excavations to protect employees and prevent damage to materials, equipment, and subsurface installations. Persons working in these types of environments need adequate safety training to inform them of these risks.

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Case Study: In California, a plumber was killed when a trench collapsed around him. He had been working for the company only two days when the incident occurred. The worker was dispatched along with a backhoe operator to connect residential and main sewer lines. The backhoe operator dug the trench and deposited the soil at the edge of the excavation. No protective systems were implemented, but the company indicated that typical excavations of this kind were sloped to prevent cave-ins instead of dug sharply out like this particular trench. The victim jumped into the trench to continue digging with a shovel when the walls caved in. The sharp angle of the trench walls combined with the fact that this area had previously been excavated was enough to cause the trench walls to collapse, burying the victim completely. Despite rescue attempts by coworkers and paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene due to asphyxia.

Key Takeaway: While the company had a training program in place, it failed to ensure that its employees completed the program before being dispatched to a potentially hazardous work site. Because the victim had only been employed by the company for two days, he had not yet had the time or opportunity to complete necessary training. Had he undergone proper training, he may have recognized the hazardous situation and avoided the incident. It is unknown whether the backhoe operator underwent satisfactory training for this task.

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Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Cal/OSHA Trenching and Excavating Safety Training
    • Definitions and Key Terms
    • Regulations for Trenching and Excavating
    • What is Excavation?
  • Preparation for Trenching and Excavating
    • Soil Classification
    • Surface Encumbrances and Subsurface Installations
    • Access and Egress
  • Hazards Present in Excavations
    • Atmospheric Hazards
    • Cave-In Hazards
    • Water Accumulation
    • Other Hazards
  • Protective Systems
    • Types of Protective Systems
    • Requirements for Protective Systems
    • Safety in Excavation Work Spaces
    • Cofferdams
    • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Cal/OSHA Trenching and Excavating Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

Employee training must be provided in four situations:

  1. Before the employee is first assigned duties under this regulation
  2. Before there is a change in assigned duties
  3. Whenever there is a change in working conditions that presents a hazard for which an employee has not previously been trained
  4. Whenever the employer has reason to believe either that there are deviations or that there are inadequacies in the employee's knowledge or use of these procedures
Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a Cal/OSHA Trenching and Excavating Safety Training printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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