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.
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.
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.