Excavation Safety Competent Person: Train the Trainer

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Ensuring the safety of workers in excavations requires a well-trained competent person. According to OSHA, a competent can identify hazards and has the authority to order workers out of harm’s way. Our three-day Excavation Safety Train the Trainer program is designed to provide participants who have a background in construction safety with the skills and resources needed to provide competent person training to others within their organization.

Properly setting up shoring is an essential skill for Competent Persons

The training program which class participants will deliver (once they have completed the class) will help ensure that competent persons they train are 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.

Students receive a fully-scripted Leader’s Guide, sample student materials, and a variety of useful checklist and forms.The class they deliver at their location would generally require 8 – 16 hours depending on the scope of the excavation activities at that location and the types of protective systems in use.

Course Outline

Excavation Basics

  • General Safety Requirements
  • Introduction to the Excavation Standards

Basic Soil Mechanics

  • Anatomy of a Collapse
  • Collapse Indicators
  • Factors That Contribute To Cave-ins

Soil Classification

  • Cohesion and Friction
  • Type A, B and C Soils
  • Testing Soils

 Protective Systems

  • Sloping and Benching
  • Shoring (Aluminum and Timber)
  • Shields
  • Selection of Protective Systems

 Excavation Safety Planning

  • Liabilities/Responsibilities
  • Written Program Elements
  • Water Accumulation Hazards

Emergency Planning

  • Rescue Procedures
  • Pre-planning
Jim Johnson June 16, 2015
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