Excavations (Construction)

Overview :

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This course describes the OSHA standards and safety aspects of excavation and trenching operations as performed in the construction industry. Students are introduced to the mechanics of cave-ins and how to perform soil analysis to classify soil. The student will learn how to protect workers through the use of shoring, shielding, or sloping operations as well as special situations that arise in field environments.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand excavation dangers and the OSHA regulations devised to help keep workers safe

  • Identify three types of soil using manual and visual soil tests

  • Explain the dynamics of a cave-in and identify three methods which protect workers from trench collapse

  • Demonstrate awareness of special circumstances surrounding excavations and the role of key workers in an excavation.


This course is intended for construction workers and supervisors who work in and around trenches and excavations.


OSHA - 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P

Approximate Length

1 hour

Continuing Education Units

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0.1 CEU(s)

Delivery Method



This course has these features and more:

  • Multimedia
  • Narration
  • Interactivity
  • Easy navigation
  • Supplementary material
  • Links to regulations
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exams
  • Continuing Education Credits.

IACET Continuing Education Units - American Safety Council, as the parent company of National Safety Training, has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275.

In obtaining this approval, American Safety Council has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, American Safety Council is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.