March 18, 2021
7:45am to 12:00pm EST
Online - Course
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.
Excavating and Trenching Modules
MODULE 1: Soil Classification / Underground Utilities
MODULE 2: Protecting systems / Additional hazards
Walter C. Catlett
Walter C. Catlett possesses approximately 30 years of safety experience from the concrete pipe industry, military, and consulting engineering. These experiences shaped his safety mindset, teaching him the importance of clear communication and the necessity to establish a safety culture. He is an effective trainer and educator responsible for the training of public works professionals through industry training events and professional association events for the last 20 years. He serves on Virginia’s Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Research Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA. Mr. Catlett served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army Reserves for a combined 30 years.
Who Should Attend
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.
Registration and Payment
The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:
Local Government: $25.00
Private Industry: $100.00
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Special Registration Instructions for Employees of the Virginia Department of Transportation
VDOT employees must register through the VDOT Virtual Campus. Registration fees and related expenses for all VDOT employees will be paid from the VDOT Learning Services Center budget. Registrants should contact their District Training Coordinator or the VDOT Learning Services Center (Central Office employees) for instructions on how to seek reimbursement for travel expenses.
Due to current travel restrictions, VDOT employees are strongly encouraged to attend U. Va. TTA workshops on a day trip basis. Overnight travel requires permission from your District Administrator or Chief -- and in some cases higher levels of authority. If you require overnight lodging to attend a U. Va. TTA workshop, consult with your supervisor, District Training Coordinator, or VDOT Learning Services Center on travel approval procedures.