Trenching and Excavation Safety – Cal/OSHA

  • 3 topics | 33m
  • Includes Assessment
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
This course is designed to better inform the employee of the possible health and safety concerns unique to trenching and excavation. In this course, you'll learn about safety considerations and proper practices to reduce the hazards that may occur during excavation. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify safety considerations before trenching and excavation begins
  • identify key concepts associated with different types of excavation, sloping, and shoring
  • identify practices that reduce hazards present in excavation work


  • Planning for Safety
  • Protecting Workers from Cave-ins
  • Minimizing Hazards