Excavating and Trench Safety (Half-Day Hybrid Online Class)
March 18 @ 7:45 am - 12:00 pm EDT
This hybrid online class will combine both live instruction and independent online work that you will complete during the day. Independent work will include quizzes, readings, videos and short assignments. Access to a computer with a webcam (either a camera that is built into your laptop or one that connects via USB), a reliable internet connection and a workspace that is free from distraction and noise will set you up for success.
This course covers basic set up of a backhoe work zone, covering cones, barricades, caution tape and other barriers; positioning of essential and non-essential equipment and the declaring of minimum distances for separating machinery and pedestrians. In addition, the course includes information about Carbon Monoxide hazards while working in a trench. The course also covers excavation issues including utility location, shoring for backhoe proximity, inclines, surface stability, safe backhoe travel areas and cave-in prevention.
Trenching and excavation work presents serious hazards to all workers involved. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are more likely than some other excavation-related incidents to result in worker fatalities. This course will address key steps towards preventing or greatly reducing the risk of cave-ins and other excavation related events. The course accomplishes this by walking the student through ways to define soil classifications, raising awareness about the importance of proper preplanning procedures, identifying protective systems, and describing sloping and benching options for different soil classifications.