Protecting Workers in Trenches

Sponsored by OSHA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name the 5 things workers should know about trench and excavation safety to stay safe.
  2. Describe the 3 ways to prevent cave-ins.
  3. Define the duties of a Competent Person.
  4. List when trenches or excavations must be inspected by a Competent Person.
  5. Determine ways to incorporate the principles presented into systematic prevention measures to improve safety in trenching and excavation.


This course can be self-reported for contact hours to ABiH/BGC.
Course may qualify for BCSP recertification points.
This course may qualify to be self-reported to ICCP for professional development credits toward CBIP recertification.

Raise awareness among both workers and employers on the common hazards experienced working in and around trenches and excavations and how these hazards may be prevented.

To view the course in Spanish, please click here: Proteger a los trabajadores en las trincheras


OSHA With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.