OSHA Safety Pro: Trenching Excavation & Soil Mechanics

A quick yet detailed certification in OSHA safety with a focus on Trenching, Excavation, & Soil Mechanics.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course will enable employees, safety officers, and supervisors in receiving that much deserved promotion by showing to their employers that they have what it takes to be a safety minded, accident preventing team member. This course will focus on OSHA's Soil, Trenching, and Excavation standard 1926 Subpart P, however, it is designed to further develop the team member in becoming a well rounded, safety conscious enabler. 

This course is a video course with the occasional quiz after a section. 

Taking this course enables you to not only to become compliant on a project, but because your life, and the life of your colleagues matter, this course will ensure that you go home at the end of the day in the same manner in which you left for work. 

What are the requirements?

  • Human lives and safety are everyone's responsibility. Students require an open mind and a desire to earn more through health and safety.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be a hero by preventing deadly and costly accidents before they happen with a focus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's trenching, excavation, and soil mechanics standard.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone in the general industry, construction industry, safety professionals, ,city employees, supervisors, and anyone who wishes to be more safety minded.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Section 1 Level Up as a Safety Officer - Excavations, Trenches, & Soil Mechanics

In this lecture we will identify in detail OSHA's safety standard for Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics. In addition to gaining knowledge of the specific standard, we will also talk about how to be a well rounded set of "safety eyes" for all aspects of the job.


A brief description of what this course can do for you and how to use it for your own benefit. Don't just meet the standard...EXCEED IT...use this course to shine!


In this lecture we will discuss what OSHA's standard is in regards to trenching and excavation and the "big picture" outline for this course. 

1 question

Identify the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) for OSHA's Excavations, Trenches, and Soil Mechanics Regulations.

Section 2: Section 2 OSHA & Employer Requirements

Return home to the one's who love you in the same manner, if not better, than when you left for work. Understand the employer's requirements as well as each individuals responsibilities that will ensure lives are saved.


In this lecture we will discuss basic definitions that will give you a solid baseline for completing this course successfully. 

Understand the requirements that will keep you safe and alive. We will also discuss the difference between a trench and an excavation.


Apply life saving skills to a job site. Use your enhanced 'eye' for safety to impact a job and be the hero through prevention.


Your family needs you. This lecture is about the safe working conditions your employer owes you and your responsibility to follow your employer's safety guidelines.

1 question

Test your knowledge of the difference between an excavation and a trench.

Section 3: Section 3 Hazards, What Causes Cave-ins, and Confined Spaces

Get those cognitive juices flowing. Lets do a preliminary job site inspection and get our minds ready to tackle the rest of this course. 


In this lecture we will discuss the hazards that exist and how to identify them. We will learn how these hazards are caused, what causes cave-ins, and how to avoid them.

Understand, and enable life saving skills, through proper identification of a confined space. 


Increase your expertise and correlate how confined spaces relate to trenches and excavations, and the hazards that a confined space creates. We will identify various examples of a confined space and the dangers that lurk within due to the hazardous atmospheres they cause and then wrap up with other examples of trench hazards and  job site inspection. 

Conduct an inspection of a job site. We will learn to identify evidence that a cave-in is imminent. We will discuss other safety issues and standards related to the job site, and how to protect and safeguard yourself and your fellow workers. 

1 question

A quiz about deadly atmospheres created by confined spaces.

Section 4: Working safely, the Competent Person, Soil Types, and Soil testing

This lecture is an introduction to safety techniques and procedures to be used now that we know that work must be done inside of a trench or an excavation. Identify who the Competent Person is, and his or her role and responsibilities to the team.  We will discuss planning skills that will keep you and your colleagues safe and help you shine as an exemplary employee giving your management a reason to move you up!


After this lecture you will prove that you have the knowledge and expertise as a safe employee or Health and Safety Officer by demonstrating your ability to perform a field soil analysis. 

Gain the "safety tools" required to use the resources available to you to perform a proper soil analysis and use the soil to work for you, not against you.

1 question

Using the picture and review in the previous lecture, determine what type of soil we are dealing with.

Section 5: What to do before you dig, types of trench protection, and underground utilities

Creating a plan before you dig will avoid accidents and costly (or deadly) mistakes. Learn how your plan, along with pre-staged equipment, will enable you to save a life by preventing an accident or properly respond to one. 

Understand the importance of locating, identifying, and supporting underground utilities.

Identify and utilize specific forms of trench protection and know what soil conditions to use them in. Your almost to the finish line...SPRINT!!


Impress your boss with your knowledge of appropriate protection while in the trench. Understand what to do to prevent a trench cave-in and how to be the hero through prevention. Use these tips to save lives and level up!

1 question

Be able to prove to your management that you have what it takes to move up in your company by identifying the appropriate method for keeping your team safe while walking over or working around a trench.

Section 6: Section 6: Safety tips & facts to take with you, a short video, and conclusion.

Thank You! Here are some words of motivation for you to help you get out there and be that humble super hero you can be by saving a life and preventing accidents. 

There is more glory for the hero in silence, than for the one who wears a costume. -me

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Instructor Biography

James Neil, Health & Safety Official

James is a Health & Safety officer who brings almost 20 years of military, government, and private sector health and safety experience to the Udemy community. 

James has conducted several overseas mission trips as well as operational deployments with the military and government.

James has developed multiple company safety programs and implemented dozens of health and safety policies.  James now brings a wealth of safety instruction conducted in the field on job sites, to you here for your convenience. 

No need to travel to a third party location for training. 

Trained and certified at Texas A&M University's Engineering Extension Service in San Antonio Texas, James holds numerous certificates in General and Construction Industry Safety from the OSHA Training Institute. 

James has conducted  missionary work to countries such as Burma, Thailand, Mexico, Belize, and Libya.

Seeing the value of each individual's life, and the families that count on them to come home, James wishes to take his experience and share it for the greater good. 

In addition to Health & Safety James is a veteran of the US Army with almost 20 years of service to the U.S. James is also a tactical firearms and driving instructor, combining his safety instructor and tactical experience in developing course curriculum. 

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