Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations. Most workers caught in a cave-in are either seriously injured or killed.
OSHA requires that there be a "Competent Person" present whenever a worker enters an excavation or trench. Under Massachusetts General Laws, a "Competent Person" must be present during any excavation operation.
OSHA defines a "Competent Person" as "one who by way of training and/or experience, is knowledgeable of applicable OSHA Standards, capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate those hazards.
This program has been developed to help employers meet the OSHA training requirements for a "Competent Person". This course consists of classroom study (course manual provided), "hands-on" demonstration of study material, OSHA Subpart P 1926.650 review (OSHA Regulations provided), case studies of OSHA violations and citations (fines), course hand outs, photos, video presentation, and written exam to evaluate student competency.
Pre-Requisite: None Minimum Class Size: 6 Students Time: 6 to 7 hours Cost: Call for Pricing
Recommended Personnel to Attend: Machine Operators, Business Owners, Supervisors, General Contractors, or anyone in a supervisory position at an excavation site.
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
Understand the role of a "Competent Person" in excavation operations.
Recognize Excavation Hazards that could result in a cave-in.
Have knowledge of the OSHA Standard pertaining to excavations.
Understand important terminology, definitions and numbers used in excavation operations.
Demonstrate how to determine soil types.
Understand the use of protective systems (sloping, shoring and shielding) to protect workers from potential cave-ins.
Understand how to coordinate a trench rescue procedure.
Course Materials Provided:
Course Manual "Trenching & Excavation" Reference & Training Guide.
OSHA Standard for Excavation (Subpart P 1926.650)
Trenching Log and various handouts.
Certificate of Training.
The Employer will receive Certificate of Training Wallet cards for each employee who attended this course. It is the responsibility of the employer to designate a person who has taken this course to be a "Competent Person".