Recent statistics show that the fatality rate for excavation construction work is at least 112% higher than that in other construction industries. To help excavation workers stay safe, OSHA has established standards and policies to require a competent person who is capable of identifying and eliminating hazards to be present at every excavation site.

The OSHA Excavation Course

Our 100% online OSHA Excavations certificate course covers everything you need to know to prevent injuries and damages during excavation and trenching work. These are some of the topics covered in the course:

  • Specific OSHA Requirements
  • Protective systems selection
  • Soil types and testing
  • Types of trench collapse
  • Sloping and benching
  • Aluminum hydraulic and timber shoring
  • Alternatives to shoring
  • Safe work practices

All workers, employers, and supervisors whose jobs require them to be near excavation and trenching work will benefit from this informative one-hour course. This course goes a step beyond the basic health and safety requirements that OSHA demands and specifically focuses on the issues that occur on excavation sites every day. You’ll learn the meanings of excavation terminology, be able to identify excavation risks, and have the knowledge to help prevent occupational injuries after completing the program.

This course is offered by the University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute Education Center and is not a course or program of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a University of South Florida Certificate of Completion and .1 CEUs.

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