On average, two construction workers are killed every month in relation to excavation failures or trench collapses. Since OSHA qualifies “any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal” as an excavation, a lot of construction personnel are exposed to these hazard standards without even knowing they apply. Although cave-in is by far the greatest risk exposure when working in, or around, this scope of work, excavations pose a threat in many other facets. All excavation work requires a “competent person” be designated, and in charge of that scope of work on a project. But what if you haven’t been formally trained as a competent person? Who is to educate/train you on the hazards you may be faced with in the workplace?
In this course, we will explore the many different types of excavation hazards faced in construction. We’ll focus our training on classifications of soil types, OSHA approved protection system methods, discuss common hazards and how to correct them on job sites, and even focus on some case-studies from previous accidents across the United States. Upon completion of this course, attendees will have the basic knowledge needed to protect themselves from excavation hazards on a job site, as well as a thorough knowledge of OSHA standards related to this scope of work. With recent construction excavation fatalities in Iowa being all over the news, your company cannot afford to miss this opportunity to train your workforce on this scope of work!
Master Builder Designation: Safety - 4 Credits