Workshop Spotlight: Excavating and Trench Safety (Half-Day Hybrid Online Class)
March 18, 2021
7:45am-12:00pm EST
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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.

Anyone who performs excavation or trenching operations should attend this course. This training raises awareness about excavation and trenching standards and identifies safe work practices to protect workers from cave-inns and other hazards.

Excavating and Trenching Modules

MODULE 1: Soil Classification / Underground Utilities

MODULE 2: Protecting systems / Additional hazards


About the Instructor:
Becky Golden is Virginia’s first Safety Circuit Rider, coming to the program with more than 30 years of experience as a project and design engineer in local government in eastern and central Virginia. After beginning her career at Newport News Shipbuilding, she held various positions of increasing responsibility at the City of Virginia Beach, Hanover County Public Works, and Spotsylvania County. She also served in senior advisor roles with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and the American Traffic Safety Services Association. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in surveying and transportation design from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and Chief Finance Officer for the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.


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