Trenching: Competent Person

Course Description:

This online trenching safety training session for the “competent person” is intended to provide a background of information on which to begin building the competent person’s experience. This course will teach employees to recognize the hazards associated with trenches and help them understand the protective systems for trenches and the hazards and prevention measures for the activities associated with excavation.

Course Duration: 22 minutes

Why “Trenching: Competent Person” Matters:

  • More than 30 workers die in trench-related accidents every year in the United States, and almost 1,000 workers are injured to the point where the worker loses days away from work. Seventy-five percent of fatalities at excavation sites were the result of cave-ins.
  • The following hazards cause the most trenching and excavation injuries:
    • No protective system;
    • Failure to inspect trench and protective system;
    • Unsafe spoil-pile placement; and
    • Unsafe trench or excavation entry and exit.

Key Points:

  • Be aware of all the hazards associated with working around trenches.
  • Cave-ins occur suddenly and can entrap, bury, or injure.
  • Always use protection systems.

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