Excavation & Trenching Safety

Course Description:
This course is designed to train participants in the safe work practices and procedures and hazards involved in excavation and trenching operations. It introduces participants to the importance of proper protection systems and the results of failing to follow established procedures. Ensure each worker understands duties and has the skills to safely perform them.

This training does not apply to a trench

  • Less than 1.22 m deep
  • Into which a worker does not enter
  • Where the walls are solid rock

4 hours

Who Should Attend:
Persons who wish to or are required to excavate, enter, supervise or co-ordinate a trenching operation.
Section 5(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states:
“Without limiting the generality of section 4, an employer…shall, where it is reasonably practicable, provide the information, training and supervision and facilities that are necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of his or her workers.”

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of “Excavation and Trenching” each participant will have an awareness of:

  • Cave-ins
  • Protection Against Cave-ins
  • Pre-excavation Safety Planning
  • PPE
  • Other Hazards & Safeguards
  • Emergency Response Procedures
  • Soil Classifications