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OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety

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Online Training Certification Course 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P

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This course is designed to assist both employers and employees to achieve compliance with OSHA standards regarding trenching and excavation safety. They will learn to identify hazards encountered when working in or near trenching and excavation sites and correction of these hazards, soil testing methods, trench protection systems, and general safety requirements.

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What are the governing regulations?
This online course focuses on the Trenching and Excavation Safety Standard for the Construction Industry as described in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926 Subpart P and will address identification and correction of hazards, soil testing methods, trench protection systems, and general safety requirements.

Who should take this course?
All employers, supervisors and workers whose job duties require them to be in or around trenching and excavation work.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: In 2016, several workers in Kentucky were laying a sewage pipe in a trench excavation. The trench was just over 12 feet deep, and in order to provide a safe workspace, a trench box was placed inside. However, the trench box measured only 8 feet - 4 feet too short. In addition, the parking lot surrounding the trench already showed signs of distress and previous excavation, and no testing to determine an appropriate protective system was conducted prior to beginning work. Two workers were together in the trench box when a portion of the trench wall collapsed, dropping a large amount of soil and concrete on top of the workers. One worker was completely buried, and his coworker was trapped and immobilized from the waist down. Although coworkers and professional rescue services attempted to extract the workers, the worker who was fully buried was pronounced dead at the scene from asphyxiation and blunt force injuries from the falling material.

Key Takeaway: Protective systems are only effective when they are properly implemented. Trench boxes and shoring should extend at least to the top of the excavation, if not further. In addition, there was no testing done prior to work beginning, and there was no easy means of egress from the trench box. Had the protective systems been measured and constructed correctly for the task at hand, the accident could have been prevented and a life saved.

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Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Trenching and Excavation Safety Training
    • Regulations for Trenching and Excavating
    • Definitions and Key Terms
    • What Is an Excavation?
  • Specific Excavation Requirements
    • Underground Installations
    • Entering and Coming Out of Excavations
    • Other Hazardous Exposures
    • Mobile Equipment
    • Hazardous Atmospheres
    • Emergency Rescue Equipment
    • Protection from Hazards of Water Accumulation
    • Stability of Nearby Structures
    • Protection of Employees from Loose Rock or Soil
    • Inspections
    • Walkways
  • Requirements for Protective Systems
    • Design of Sloping and Benching Systems
    • Design of Support Systems, Shield Systems, and Other Protective Systems
    • Materials and Equipment
    • Installation and Removal of Support
    • Additional Requirements for Support Systems for Trench Excavations
    • Working Above Employees Using Sloping and Benching Systems
    • Shield Systems
    • Soil Classification (Appendix A)
      • Definitions
      • Requirements of Soil Classification
      • Acceptable Visual Tests of Excavation Sites
      • Acceptable Manual Tests of Excavation Sites
    • Sloping and Benching (Appendix B)
      • Requirements for Sloping and Benching
      • Configurations of Sloping and Benching Systems
      • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Type A Soil
      • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Type B Soil
      • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Type C Soil
      • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Layered Soils
    • Timber Shoring for Trenches (Appendix C)
      • Aluminum Hydraulic Shoring for Trenches (Appendix D)
      • Alternatives to Timber Shoring (Appendix E)
      • Selection of Protective Systems (Appendix F)
    • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
    • Summary
    • Additional Resources
    • Final Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is this 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?

According to 29 CFR 1926.21 Safety training and education:

(b) Employer responsibility. (2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.

It is our recommendation that workers be retrained on Trenching and Excavation Safety at least every three years.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a OSHA Trenching and Excavation 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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