Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics - OSHA 3015


This course provides instruction on the OSHA standards and safety aspects of excavation and trenching. Students learn about practical soil mechanics and the relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations. Various types of shoring including hydraulic and wood timbers are covered. Testing methods are demonstrated and a field exercise is conducted, allowing students to use instruments such as penetrometers, torvane shears, and engineering rods.


Course Benefits:

  • Learn about practical soil mechanics along with its relationship to the stability of shored and un-shored slopes and walls of excavations
  • Learn about various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic)
    Use different testing methods

Topics include:

  •  Excavations
  •  Soil classifications
  •  Sloping and benching
  •  Timber shoring for trenches
  •  Aluminum, hydraulic shoring for trenches
  •  Alternatives to timber shoring
  •  Selection of protective systems


Prerequisites: None

Days: 3

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2.4


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Reno, NV
Regional Public Safety Training Center
Estep 8/19 - 8/21 Mo Tu We 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View
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Dublin, CA
OSHA Training Institute Education Center
Thrift 9/27 - 9/29 Fr Sa Su 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View
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San Luis Obispo, CA
San Luis Obispo Builders Exchange
Thrift 10/9 - 10/11 We Th Fr 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View
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Sacramento, CA
Safety Center Inc
Flowers 11/4 - 11/6 Mo Tu We 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View