Excavation & Trenching Safety Training
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Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Excavation standards, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P contain requirements for excavation and trenching operations.
Trenching and excavation work presents serious hazards to all workers involved. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are more likely than some other excavation-related incidents to result in worker fatalities. One cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. An unprotected trench can be an early grave. Employers must ensure that workers enter trenches only after adequate protections are in place to address cave-in hazards. Other potential hazards associated with trenching work include falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and hazards from mobile equipment.
This video will assist employers in providing the proper and necessary OSHA required training on excavation and trenching and will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. It will cover the following topics:
- Contents of the OSHA standard 1926.650-652
- Competent Person
- Safety Precaution
- Access & Egress
- Excavated Material (Spoil)
- Confined Spaces
- Mobile Equipment
- Surface Crossing