Competent Person Trenching & Shoring – Webinar Series


When: Mar 9, 2021 - Mar 11, 2021

This class is based on the requirements of Subpart P of the Federal OSHA CFR 1926 construction standards for excavations. However, we also address any nuances that may appear in state OSHA regulations, where applicable.

The OSHA Construction Standard defines a competent person as someone who is: capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

Topics covered include:

  • Definitions of key terms used in the OSHA excavation standards
  • OSHA requirements for a competent person
  • General hazards associated with trenching and excavation work
  • Requirements for locating and working near underground utilities (Federal and State)
  • Requirements for locating and working near overhead power lines of varying voltages
  • Dangers associated with water accumulation
  • Access and egress from trenches and excavations
  • Exposure to vehicular traffic and the need for a traffic control plan (TCP) in compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as defined in 29 CFR 1926.200, also selection and placement of devices.
  • Identifying and addressing potential atmospheric hazards associated with excavation work as required by 29 CFR 1926.1202
  • Soil testing and classification
  • Requirements for protective systems including:
  • Sloping and benching
  • Shoring
  • Trench boxes
  • Competent person inspection requirements (when, who, how, why)
  • OSHA directives and interpretations related to trenching and excavation
  • OSHA inspections at excavation sites (how to prepare)

Speaker Bio

Robert Burch, CHST is the owner of Burch Safety Consulting and Training Services. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the construction industry, which included operation and supervision of heavy equipment. His specialties include certified workplace audits including PPE, crane inspections (annual certification), construction inspection services, contractor pre-qualification selection, and emergency evacuation plans. He has also instructed OSHA and MSHA training classes, taught heavy equipment operator courses, investigated workplace accidents, and has occasionally testified in court as a result of those investigations. He holds numerous safety certifications from programs including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and University of Findlay 40 hour Hazmat course, and also holds a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygienist (ABIH).


The training is divided into a 3-part webinar series.

Each session offers 2.0 PDHs, for a total of 6 PDHs if you attend all 3 sessions.

Course Fee

The registration fee for the workshop is $50.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $25.00.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who performs or manages any type of excavation to install, repair or replace underground utilities including water and wastewater systems, gas, phone and electric utilities. Water and wastewater utility field personnel, safety program managers, utility inspectors, contractors, supervisors and managers will benefit from this course.

Payment Policy

Payment must be received no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop. If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed your slot in the class.

Checks should be made payable to “Clemson University” and mailed with the invoice number and/or a copy of your invoice to:

Clemson University
202 Hugo Dr.
Clemson, SC 29634

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training.  No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please email Summer Chandler or call 864-656-4183.