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 In compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.650 subpart P regulations, this excavation training is required for workers and supervisors who work in trenches and excavations. OSHA requires that at least one person be trained as a competent person for excavation sites.

This excavation and trenching training covers the OSHA Excavation Standard and safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching. Course topics include practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations, introduction of various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic), soil classification, and use of protective systems.

Testing methods are discussed in the use of instruments such as penetrometers, torvane shears, and engineering rods. Upon course completion students will have the ability to assess their employer’s compliance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, utilize soil testing methods to classify soil types, determine protective systems for excavation operations, and training requirements.

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