Course Name
Trenching and Excavation

Contact Hours: 3

Course Description

Dig it, man; this is groovy! No this course won’t smooth your disco steps, but it might cause you to watch your step when working around excavations and heavy equipment. You may not be hip, stylin’ a new hard hat, but you will learn what it means and the basics of how to be safe while working in a trench or excavation.

In this safety-training program, you will learn how OSHA Excavation and Trenching Standards help prevent cave-ins, falls, falling loads, and hazards from mobile equipment, water accumulation, poisonous gases, or access and egress obstructions. You’ll dig into what it means to be a competent person, soil classifications and types, and how to determine which is which. You’ll boogey to a new groove when you learn about protective systems, hazards posed by poisonous gases, and training requirements. Take safety to the max with our Trenching and Excavating Safety-training program. This course can be taken in a self-directed pace. You can achieve a completed program of study in as little time as 30 minutes. You will have 1 year access to this course.


  • You will be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace
  • You will have an appreciable understanding of the subject matter
  • You will be trained in a systematic manner designed to get you up to speed on the subject matter in a short period of time


Testing as part of the course through exam simulation engines


Course Details

Trenching and Shoring Safety

  1. Introduction
  2. Hazards
  3. OSHA Definitions
  4. OSHA Requirements - Utilities and Structures
  5. Protective Systems
  6. Traffic
  7. Hazardous Atmospheres
  8. Additional Guidelines
  9. Competent Person - Responsibilities
  10. Soil Classification - Soil Testing
  11. Visual Tests
  12. Plasitcity Test
  13. Dry Strength Test
  14. Other Tests
  15. Protective Systems - Sloping & Benching
  16. Sloping & Benching Examples
  17. Trench Box & Shields
  18. Shoring
  19. Additional Guidelines
  20. Hazardous Atmospheres
  21. Training
  22. Things To Remember