Excavation Safety Workshop


Description

The workshop explains the hazards of excavation and trenching, how accidents happen, and how worker protective measures should be applied. It's a great way to inform new employees of safety protocol or to update more experienced employees on new safety information.

The workshop covers:

  • Critical definitions and context for excavation safety
  • Soils analysis: testing local soils and handling testing equipment
  • Shoring options: a walk-through of all the basic systems—sloping, shoring, and shielding

The workshop also provides assurance that all relevant duties of a competent person at an excavation site will be fully covered and explained. However, the employer has responsibility and authority to actually designate a worker as a Competent Person. The course covers the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart P-Excavations, of the OSHA standards for the construction industry and essential material on the similarities and differences between General Industry Confined Space and the new Construction Confined Space standard Subpart AA.

Who should attend?

  • All crew members who are involved in excavation will find this workshop beneficial.
  • Supervisors responsible for trenching operations; foremen; safety coordinators; and backhoe, dragline, and excavator operators are especially encouraged to attend.
  • City/County engineers or administrators who are responsible for employee safety and have trenching and excavation work done in their jurisdiction will also find the material in this course valuable.

Highly qualified instructor

Wendell Wood comes highly recommended by past excavation safety workshop instructor Jack Mickle. Wood served as co-chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Safety Committee, formed MMJ Consulting as a training organization, and in partnership with Jack Mickle participated in the training of compliance officers for OSHA's training division. He served as the first president of the Trench Shoring and Shielding Association (TSSA) and continues as a consultant to TSSA, as a consultant for Pacific Shoring, Inc., and as past vice-chairman of ANSI 10.12 Subcommittee: Excavation.

Typical workshop agenda

8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Introduction: Setting the stage
General requirements
Soils analysis, includeing testing of local soils and handling of the testing equipment
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m. Shoring options. Walk through all of the basic systems: sloping, shoring, and shielding
Test and review
3:00 p.m. Closing comments
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
 

Questions?

Please contact Paul Albritton, Iowa LTAP, 515-294-1231, palbritt@iastate.edu.