Excavation & Trenching


Cost: $95 per participant / Contract Pricing Available

Length: 4 hours

CEUs: 4

Course Description:

Trenching & Excavation Safety – An Overview of the OSHA Standards pertains to the individual employees’ training requirements to receive information about the potentially hazardous conditions they may encounter during trenching / excavation operations.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality references professional organization publications in their rules, IE: "Safety Practices for Water Utilities" - American Water Works Association Manual

30 TAC 290.44(a) Design and standards.


OSHA – Occupation Safety & Health Administration –

29 CFR 1926 Subpart P Excavations

29 CFR 1926.650 - Scope, Applications and Definitions

29 CFR 1926.651 - Specific Excavation Requirements

29 CFR 1926.652 – Requirements for Protective Systems

OSHA – Occupation Safety & Health Administration –

29 CFR 1910.146 Permit-required Confined Spaces

29 CFR 1910.146 “Appendix E” - Sewer System Entry

29 CFR 1910.146 “Appendix F” – Rescue Team or Rescue Service Evaluation Criteria

TCEQ 30 TAC 290 and 30 TAC 217

Course Overview
  1. Conduct training for to develop safe work practices, meet state and federal regulations on Trenching & Excavation Safety and TCEQ CEUs.
  2. Include discussion covering the following topics:
  • Identifying risks and hazards associated with excavations and trenches
  • Determining the correct protective system based on soil type and job task
  • Understand the role and responsibility of a competent person
  • Identifying risks and hazards associated with trenches and excavations greater than 4 feet deep (confined space entry)
  • Identify protective measures to minimize hazards including ventilation
  • How to complete a confined space permit
  1. Present Trenching / Excavation Safety Awareness
  2. Incorporate active participation in the lesson.
  3. Provide an oral quiz or short evaluation at the end of the course.
  4. Ensure feedback from participants at various points in the training.
Overall Course Goals and/or Objective Statements

Upon successful completion of this workshop, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and list hazards associated with excavations and trenching
  • Obtain safe procedures to identify soil typing, benching and sloping, shoring, traffic and site control, access and egress and safe entry procedures
  • Gain an understanding of who is a competent person and be able to conduct a trench or excavation inspection
  • Know how to obtain and use available hazard information, forms and permits,
  • Understand protective measures such as engineering controls, work practices to mitigate hazards, and how to select personal protective equipment,
  • Be able to conduct an excavation hazard analysis, inspections of excavations and trenches and learn how to minimize or eliminate hazardous conditions
  • Communicate hazard specific information to their fellow employees.