Excavating and Trench Safety
(Half-Day Hybrid Online Class) 

May 5, 2022
7:45am – 12:00PM



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.

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.

Learning Modules:

MODULE 1: Soil Classification / Underground Utilities
MODULE 2: Protecting systems / Additional hazards

About the Instructor: 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.

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