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Each year in the United States, an estimated 100 deaths occur and over 1,000 workers are injured in excavation accidents.

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.

Who Needs This Course?

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

What Will You Learn?

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.


OSHA — 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P

Approximate Length

1 hour

Delivery Method


Course Features

  • Narration and easy navigation
  • Interactive lessons
  • Supplementary material
  • Links to regulations
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exams