Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.

Course Length: 4 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be thirty–five (35) in the classroom session.

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Course Objective

  • To provide delegates with the key elements of the worker protections standards in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P.
  • To inform delegates about the dangers associated with excavations including cave-ins and other hazards.
  • To prepare delegates to prevent injury or incident using protective systems, personal protection equipment, and safe work procedures.
  • Delegates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of excavation safety during written examination.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 hour

Course Outline
Trenching and Excavation Safety

  • What is Excavation Work?
  • Definitions
    • Benching
    • Cave-In
    • Competent Person
    • Excavation
    • Hazardous Atmosphere
    • Protective System
    • Shield
    • Shoring
    • Sloping
    • Surcharge Loads
    • Trench
    • Undermining
    • Vibration
  • Introduction
  • The Difference Between an Excavation and a Trench
  • Dangers of Trenching and Excavation Operations
  • OSHA Standards
  • Soil Classification
    • Stable Rock
    • Type A
    • Type B
    • Type C
    • Soil Test and Identification
  • Competent Person
  • Pre-Planning
    • Safety Checklist
    • Underground Utility Lines and Pipes
  • Protection
    • Protective Systems
      • Sloping
      • Trench Box or Shield
      • Cave-Ins
    • Additional Considerations
    • Installing and Removing Protective Systems
    • Materials and Equipment
    • Additional Hazards and Protections
  • Site Inspections
  • General PPE
  • Access and Egress
    • Ladder Use
  • Struck-By Hazards
  • Power and Hand Tool Use
  • Water Accumulation
  • Welding, Cutting, and Burning
  • Hazardous Atmospheres
  • Chemical Storage and Use
  • Generator Use
  • Airborne Contaminants
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Heat and Cold Stress

Training Center Provided Material

  • Course Materials

Delegate Requirements

  • None

Reference Material/Documents
29 CFR 1926, Subpart P

  • Course ID #: MA120


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