This course will enable employees, safety officers, and supervisors in receiving that much deserved promotion by showing to their employers that they have what it takes to be a safety minded, accident preventing team member. This course will focus on OSHA’s Soil, Trenching, and Excavation standard 1926 Subpart P, however, it is designed to further develop the team member in becoming a well rounded, safety conscious enabler.
Taking this course enables you to not only to become compliant on a project, but because your life, and the life of your colleagues matter, this course will ensure that you go home at the end of the day in the same manner in which you left for work.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone in the general industry, construction industry, safety professionals, ,city employees, supervisors, and anyone who wishes to be more safety minded
- Lectures 16
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 30 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 235
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self
What is the difference between an excavation and a trench?
An excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal. This can include excavations for anything from cellars to highways. A trench is defined as a narrow excavation that is deeper than it is wide, and no wider than 15 feet (4.5 meters).
Hazards and Solutions
The primary hazard of trenching and excavation work is employee injury from a cave-in. Before workers enter a trench, a soil analysis should generally be conducted to determine the appropriate employee protection methods such as sloping, benching, shoring or shielding. Employers should also consider potential struck-by hazards associated with heavy equipment, falling loads, and public vehicular traffic in close proximity to the excavation operations. Also consider potential hazards from undermining sidewalks and buildings. Other unsafe conditions that may be encountered include hazardous atmospheres and electrical hazards from overhead and underground power lines. These five key trench safety tips will help keep workers safe:
- Ensure trenches have cave-in protection.
- Look for standing water and test if atmospheric hazards are or may be present.
- Keep materials away from the edge of the trench.
- Never enter a trench unless it has been properly inspected by a competent person.
- Ensure that there’s a safe way to enter and exit.
Excavation edge Protection System
Shoring 2 .Stepping or benching 3. Sloping 4. Sheet Pilling
What can be included in a trenching and excavation inspection checklist?
The following are some points to consider. Each circumstance will be different, so be sure to adapt the questions to suit your situation.
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