Competent Person Excavation

One of the most hazardous jobs in the construction industry is excavation. The primary hazard is employee injury from collapse other 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 such as natural gas lines. Because of the nature of the hazards associated with trenching and excavation projects, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a competent person to oversee all excavation and trenching work sites.


This one-day course offers definitions, general requirements, the requirements for protective systems, soil classification, and how to properly identify hazards associated with trenches and excavations; all of which is outlined by the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.


Furthermore, this material is presented as a PowerPoint lecture with classroom and video demonstrations on the following:

  • How to identify existing and predictable hazards in the surrounding area
  • Determining the appropriate slope of an excavation to prevent collapse
  • Which working conditions are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees
  • Classifying soil and rock deposits; both visual analysis and by testing
  • Methods behind and usage of shoring trenches
  • Air testing for deep trench issues
  • Who has proper authorization for prompt corrective measures
  • Rescues with retrieval systems


Please contact us today to plan your own path to success in safety!

Southern Safety Services
2020 Avalon Parkway, Suite 337

McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: (770) 897-9955


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