Cave-ins are one of the leading causes of deaths and injuries on construction sites. To protect workers OSHA requires an employer-designated competent person on every excavation site.
A Competent Person, according to OSHA codes, is someone who can identify existing and predictable hazards and who has the authority to stop the job and take corrective action.
To do this, a Competent Person must be able to:
Ensure utilities have been located.
Identify and manage hazards posed by surface encumbrances.
Conduct a visual assessment of the dig site.
Manage surcharge loads.
Properly install or construct protective systems following OSHA codes or tabulated data.
Manage water intrusion.
Conduct a routine safety inspection.
Ensure safe air in the excavation.
This course can help ensure the safety of anyone who works in or around excavations.
It covers the latest industry practices and regulatory requirements
This course generally runs two days. For locations that require less training, we also offer a one-day basic skills class.
- Hazards and General Safety Requirements
- Introduction to the Excavation Standards
Basic Soil Mechanics
- Lateral Earth Pressure
- Anatomy of a collapse
- Signs of Distress
- Cave-in causes and factors
- Cohesion and Friction
- Soil Types
- Testing Soils
- Determining Soil Types
- OSHA Requirements
- Sloping and Benching
- Hydraulic Shoring: Tabulated Data
- Shields: Tabulated Data
- Water Hazards
- Pumps and wellpoints
- Berms and Dykes
- Testing and Ventilation
- Trenches and Confined Spaces
Excavation Safety Planning
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Company and Employee Responsibilities
- Local Capabilities
- Access and Scene Control
- Final Exam
Excavation: Competent Person Training
When you open an excavation you must follow OSHA requirements as specified in 29 CFR 1926.651 and 1926.652. This includes designating a Competent Person. According to OSHA, a Competent Person is defined as someone who identify excavation hazards and who has the authority to take whatever corrective actions are required.
There are many possible hazards associated with digging operations. In addition, excavations often occur in the middle of other construction projects which may also be creating hazards. Competent Person must be able to assess both existing hazards and those that are likely in the future based on job site conditions.
Once these hazards have been identified Competent Persons must also have the authority to take corrective actions. The type of corrective action needed is a function of the hazard. But the ultimate corrective action is to remove workers from hazards. This means the Competent Person for Excavations must have the authority to order any and all exposed workers out of the excavation until the hazard can be mitigated. In other words, they have to have been given the worksite authority to stop the job.
Our Excavation Safety Competent Person program focuses on helping students be able to identify hazards associated with excavating such as hazardous atmospheres, water intrusion, surcharge loads, and falling loads. We explain how soils fail and how to recognize signs that soil is about to fail. We discuss factors that make the soil more likely to fail and simple manual tests that can be done to determine the soil type. Hide
With our extensive industry expertise and proven curricula, we can provide you with an effective learning path so that you can fulfill your worksite safety responsibilities.
Upon completion of this training, you will have an in-depth understanding of: •
Signs of Cave-Ins
•Causes of Cave-Ins •Soil Testing •Soil Mechanics •Dewatering •Safety Planning •Conducting Inspections •And more
Excavation Safety Training: Course Flow
Our excavation competent person training opens with a basic discussion of trench and excavation safety. We look at accident statistics and basic types of excavations and trenches. We then talk about soil mechanics and trench failure patterns. Protective systems, excavation safety planning, inspections, dewatering, underground utilities, and emergencies are also covered. The Excavation Competent Person Training course topics are presented in the following order:
• Welcome/Pre-Test • Causes of Cave-Ins •Overview of Regulations •Soil Classification •Classification Exercise •Protective Systems (Slope, Shore, Shield) •Hazardous Atmospheres •Water Hazards •Excavation Safety Programs •Rescue and Emergencies •Course Review/Final Exam D2000 Excavation Competent Person Training & Basic Skills Training
No matter your current skill level, D2000 Safety can solve your excavation training needs. Sign up today and find out just how effective the D2000 approach to safety is.
Other D2000 Safety Training Includes:
•Confined Space Training—Entrant, attendant, entry supervisor, train the trainer.
•Competent Person Excavation Training •Basic Skills Excavation Training
•Fall Protection Training—User, Competent Person, Train the Trainer.