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Trenching and Excavation (OWS05)

Did you know that a cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car? That’s a seriously heavy thought when it comes to safety within trenching and excavation. Dangers like cave-ins and falling loads mean having adequate safety protection in place is literally of life-or-death importance.

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous activities for construction workers. That’s why OSHA’s excavation standards are essential to anyone working within them. With the proper safety measures in place, the risks of excavation-related incidents are greatly reduced, and everyone can get to work safely.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

• Outline what OSHA excavation standards cover, and how they protect workers
• Identify and evaluate trenching and excavation hazards
• Safely enter and exit trenches and excavations at your job site
• Follow OSHA’s slope it, shore it, shield it guidance to prevent cave-ins

Why take this course?

If you work in trenches and/or excavations as part of your job, this is the course for you. You’ll get an understanding of OSHA excavation standards and how they protect you. You’ll understand how to recognize and assess hazards, and follow specific guidance to prevent excavation-related incidents.

10 mins | SCORM | Infographic

  • Trenching and Excavation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed