Excavation and Trenching


Hazards involving excavations and trenches, can lead to serious incidents involving workers at construction sites. Workers can be critically injured or die in cave-ins. Many cave-ins occur on small jobs of short duration, such as water, gas, electrical and sewer line connections.

Employers, supervisors and workers must follow the requirements set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations for Construction Projects.

 The course is designed to provide participants with an awareness of Federal and State requirement, covering practical considerations for safe and compliant excavation and trenching.


Class Duration: 2 h

Level: Awareness

Certification: Wallet Card

Validation: 2 years

Class size: 40

Special group rates available

Classes available in English and Spanish

Training program topics include:

  • Excavation Hazards

  • Locates (Plan before you dig – Obligations under construction regulations)

  • Rules:

    • Access / Egress

    • Spoil Placement

    • Affected Areas

    • Overhead Hazards

    • Inspections

  • Determining soil types

  • Potential hazardous atmospheres

  • Working safely with, and around heavy equipment

  • Public safety and work area protection

  • Protective support systems (Sloping, Shielding and Shoring & Tabulated Data)

Competent Person Training is an extended curriculum (usually 4-8 Hours), expanding on all if the topics above, inspection criteria, and”Competent Person” duties.