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Trenching & Excavation Safety

The primary hazard from trenching and excavation is employee injury from collapse. Soil Analysis is important in order to determine appropriate sloping, benching, and shoring.  Additional hazards include working with heavy machinery; manual handling of materials; working in proximity to traffic; electrical hazards from overhead and underground power lines; and underground utilities like natural gas.

This in-depth Trenching and Excavation Awareness Course is designed to instruct the worker, per OSHAs 29 CFR 1926.650 standard, on the various hazards associated with this type of work, as well as instruct the worker on the proper procedures and controls to ensure safe work practices.  A printable certificate will be issued upon completion of the course and exam.  Click the link below for more detail on this course.

Want a more in-depth course on Trenching & Excavation?  We also offer a Trenching & Excavation for the Competent Person course – click here for more info.

Who Should Take This Course?

This Trenching and Excavation Awareness Course is designed for anybody who will need to work in or around trenches, holes, or below-ground areas.  Examples of job types include equipment/machinery operators, laborers, underground tank removal or maintenance, utility workers, oil & gas workers, safety officers, civil engineers, and many more.

Topics Covered Include

  • Terms & Definitions
  • Engineering Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Soil Classification/Testing
  • Shoring & Sheeting
  • Hazardous Atmospheres
  • Competent Person/Inspection
  • Sloping & Benching

Why etraintoday.com?

Employee Progress Tracking

Our customized progress tracking software will automatically provide up to date information on where your employees are within a course.

Mobile Delivery

We believe that training should be delivered where and when the customer needs it. That’s why, in addition to standard computer access, our courses can also be taken on tablets and smart phones.


A well-designed and thought out course increases student engagement and retention. The quality of the content and delivery of our online training is second to none.


The owners of etraintoday.com have over 25 years of experience delivering high caliber training in the safety field, certifying many thousands of students.

Ease of Use

You don’t have to be a computer whiz to take our training! We’ve made enrollment and course access as easy as possible, so that you can quickly get to what’s important – the training.

Customer Service

It is important to us that our customers get any questions or issues answered quickly. We guarantee that our staff will be accessible and responsive, whether by phone or email.


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