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Excavation and Trenching

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the participant’s:

  • Awareness of the risks associated with Excavation and trenching
  • Knowledge of Excavation and trenching safe work practices
  • Understanding of the control measures required for Excavation and trenching

Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive, video, written material). Each candidate will undergo a theory assessment (multiple-choice questions) at the end of the course

Course Objective

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Understanding trenching and excavation definitions
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in trenching and excavation activities
  • Identifying job site safety and pre-job considerations for excavation and trenching activities
  • Emergency & Rescue requirements
  • Documentation requirements

Target Audience

The course is aimed at personnel performing or supervising excavation activities

Course Outline

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introductions
  • Course objectives
  • Safety moment
  • Excavation Standards
  • Excavation Hazards
  • Excavation Requirements
  • PTW Requirements for Excavation and trenching
  • Roles and Responsibilities for Excavation
  • Competent person Responsibility for Inspection
  • Inspections
  • Planning and Inspection
  • Site Preparation
  • Soil Preparation
  • Benching and Sloping
  • Shoring, Shielding Examples
  • Digging around Electrical markers and underground lines
  • Excavation and Trenching Confined Space evaluation
  • Spoils Management
  • Walkways and Bridges Requirement
  • Site Survey requirements and Hazards.
  • Heavy Equipment User guidelines
  • Personal Safety requirements
  • Modes of failure
  • Safe work Practice Engagement tools
  • The Unthinkable happens
  • Excavation process overview
  • Determining Excavation Protective System flow chart
  • Powered Excavation Equipment and tools
  • Excavation hand Signals


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