Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics

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OSHA #3015 Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics

This three day course covers the OSHA Excavation Standard and safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching.  Course topics include practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations, introduction of various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic), soil classification, and use of protective systems.  Testing methods are demonstrated and students participate in workshops in the use of instruments such as penetrometers, torvane shears, and engineering rods.  Upon course completion students will have the ability to assess their employer’s compliance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, utilize soil testing methods to classify soil types, determine protective systems for excavation operations, and implement training requirements. 

All required course materials and handouts are included in the registration fee and will be distributed to attendees on the first day of the class. 


Sample Agenda:
  • Introduction to Excavation and Trenching
  • CFR 1926 Subpart P
  • Competent Person Requirements
  • Performing Field Soil Tests and Classifying Soils in Accordance with Appendix A
  • Protection Systems
  • Using a Registered Engineer
  • Hazardous Atmospheres
  • Rescue Operations
  • Other Utilities (conflicts with excavations)
  • Additional Issues to be Considered
Course Syllabus:  Click here to download

Continuing Education:  2.1 CEU's    

Important Information:
This is a hands-on workshop which may include working with soil samples and testing equipment, as well as construction site visits. Portions of this course may be conducted in our soils laboratory facilities which require participants to wear safety glasses, gloves and closed toed shoes. Participants are required to bring these items each day of the class. If scheduled, a construction site visit may occur on day 2 or 3 of the class which will require participants to bring hard hats and footwear appropriate for a construction site. More information will be provided with your individual course registration confirmation notice. 


OSHA #7410 Managing Excavation Hazards

This one day version of the trenching and excavation course covers the roles and responsibilities of the employer to educate and assign a competent person to excavation sites.  Course topics include understanding and application of definitions relating to the OSHA Excavation Standard, excavation hazards and control measures, soil analysis techniques, protective system requirements and emergency response.  Upon course completion, students will understand the importance and duties of a competent person in excavation work.

Continuing Education:  0.75 CEU's

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