Excavation/Trenching competent person - ON-SITE TRAINING


 The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's trainers can customize the training to your company and your specific needs.  On-site training is great for when you need to train several employees with little disruption to their normal schedule.

Did you know that the fatality rate for excavation work is higher than the rate for general construction? With the proper safety training in place, this number could be drastically reduced. That is why OSHA requires a competent person be present at every job site. OSHA defines a competent person as someone that "by way of training or experience, is knowledgeable of applicable standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them."

Compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.650 subpart P regulations is a must, and this excavation training is required for workers and supervisors who work in trenches and excavations. OSHA requires that at least one person be trained as a competent person for excavation sites. This excavation training covers the OSHA Excavation Standard and safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching. Course topics include practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and un-shored slopes and walls of excavations, introduction of various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic), soil classification, and use of protective systems.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Identify laws and regulations pertaining to excavations and trenching
  • Describe soil classification and testing to determine the soil.
  • Describe hazards found in trenches & excavations
  • Understand the role of a competent person
  • How to properly use protective systems

For any questions or to receive a quote on your custom on-site training, contact the IISC trainers.