Trenching & Excavation


No. of mini-lessons5


Duration 15'

No. of mini-lessons 5

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Course overview

Did you know that a cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car? That’s a seriously heavy thought when it comes to safety within trenching and excavation. Dangers like cave-ins and falling loads mean having adequate safety protection in place is literally of life-or-death importance.

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous activities for construction workers. That’s why OSHA’s excavation standards are essential to anyone working within them. With the proper safety measures in place, the risks of excavation-related incidents are greatly reduced, and everyone can get to work safely.

What's covered

What OSHA excavation standards cover, and how they protect workers

How to identify and evaluate trenching and excavation hazards

How to safely enter and exit trenches and excavations at your job site

OSHA’s slope it, shore it, shield it guidance to prevent cave-ins

Why your teams need this course

This course is for anyone who works in trenches and/or excavations as part of their job. They’ll get an understanding of OSHA excavation standards and how they protect them. They’ll understand how to recognize and assess hazards, and follow specific guidance to prevent excavation-related incidents.

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