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OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety

Online Training & Certification Course
29 CFR 1926 Subpart P

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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$32.95 per student   (8-12)

$30.95 per student   (13-20)

$29.95 per student   (21+)

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Who Is Taking This Course?

Yourself
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Yourself & Others
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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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Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Trenching and Excavation Safety Training
    • Misconceptions
  • Definitions
    • Trench
    • Excavation
  • Hazards of Trenching and Excavation Work
    • Frequency of Trenching and Excavation Accidents
    • Types of Injuries
    • Costs of Trenching and Excavation Accidents
      • Death
      • Injury
      • Work delays
      • Site clean-up before work can resume
      • Rescue attempts
      • Body recovery
      • Fines and damages
    • Types of Trench Collapses
      • Spoil pile slide
      • Lip slide
      • Shear wall collapse
      • Belly slough collapse
    • Other Hazardous Conditions
      • Confined space hazard
        • Hazardous Atmospheres
      • Water accumulation hazards
      • Electrical hazards
      • Man-made hazards
  • Safety Practices
    • Soil Testing
      • Soil Types
        • Stable rock
        • Type A
        • Type B
        • Type C
        • classify both the soil and the environment
      • Soil Testing Methods
        • Pocket penetrometer
        • Torvane or Shearvane soil tester
        • Thumb penetration test
        • Plasticity or wet thread test
      • Visual Methods
    • Common Trench Protection Systems
      • Sloping
      • Benching
      • Shoring
        • Timber Shoring
        • Aluminum Hydraulic Shoring
        • Aluminum Pneumatic Shoring
      • Trench Jacks
      • Shielding or boxes
    • Choosing a Trench Protection System
  • General OSHA Safety Requirements
    • Surface Encumbrances
    • Underground Installations
    • Access and Egress
    • Exposure to Vehicular Traffic
    • Exposure to Falling Loads
    • Warning Systems for Mobile Equipment
    • Stability of Adjacent Structures
    • Protection of Workers from Loose Rock or Soil
    • Inspections
  • 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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