Trench Safety Awareness

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Enrol into our Trench Safety Awareness course - a commitment to safer construction and civil engineering, especially in hazardous trench work.

Course Overview

Welcome to our comprehensive Trench Safety and Inspection course, this initiative arises from our commitment to enhancing safety practices in the construction and civil engineering sectors, particularly in trench work, which presents significant hazards.

Educating yourself in trench safety is crucial for anyone involved in construction or civil engineering. Trench work poses significant hazards, including collapses, which can result in severe injuries or fatalities. By understanding trench safety principles, you can identify potential risks, implement preventive measures, and respond effectively in emergencies, ultimately ensuring the well-being of yourself and your colleagues. Investing in this knowledge not only enhances workplace safety but also demonstrates your commitment to maintaining high standards of safety in the industry. A crucial oversight is that even a shallow trench can lead to an unexpected emergency, especially when subjected to collapse-inducing forces.

This course aims to enhance your understanding of such forces. With insight into potential risks and simple preventive measures, we aim to prevent major incidents on site.

Course Outcomes

After finishing all course modules, you’ll be granted a statement of completion, confirming your grasp of trench safety principles and best practices. While not accredited, this certificate can validate your dedication to safety in construction and civil engineering, bolstering your credentials and showcasing your commitment to a secure work environment.

Module 1: Course Induction

Module 2: Introduction to excavation

  • What is an excavation
  • Excavation methods
  • Zones of influence
  • Planning for excavation
  • Working on slopes
  • Excavation near underground services
  • Spotters
  • Mobile Plant Blind Spots
  • Operating near excavations

Module 3: Trench Inspections – What to look for?

  • Assess Wall Stability
  • Locate Essential Services
  • Manage Hazardous Materials
  • Ensure Safe Access
  • Monitor Atmosphere
  • Store Materials Safely
  • Conduct Trench Inspections

Module 4: Trench Inspections – When to conduct

  • Before Work Begins
  • After Any Incident or Hazardous Event
  • When Conditions Change
  • Regularly During Ongoing Work

Module 5: Trench Inspections – How to conduct

  • Risk assessment
  • Control Measures
  • Inspecting Equipment

Module 6: Trench Inspections: Who should conduct

  • Role of the PCBU
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • Role of Engineers in Designing Support Systems
  • Training and Competency

Module 7: High-Risk Construction Work (HRCW)

  • When does it apply?
  • What are my requirements?
  • Role of PCBUs
  • Continuous Monitoring

Module 8: Nearby Trenches or Excavations and the Effects

  • Parallel trenches and the effect
  • Perpendicular trenches and the effect
  • What are Services and backfill materials requirements?
  • Ground effects
  • Water courses
  • Warning Tapes

Module 9: Access and Egress

  • Ladders
  • Excavated steps / ramps
  • Shoring
  • Falls from heights
  • Unauthorised access
  • Emergency Procedures

Module 10: When is a Trench a Confined Space?

  • Possible gases present in/near trenches
  • Possible leaks
  • Collapse alone doesn’t make a trench a confined space

Module 11: Trench Safety Recap on Excavation Best Practices

  • Bad practice
  • Good practice

    Course Duration

    Our eLearning course is designed to fit seamlessly into your busy schedule. With a concise and effective curriculum, you can complete the entire course at your own pace.

    Entry Requirements

    To undertake the course, you will require a Smart device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer with internet access.

    Delivery & Assessment

    Our course is delivered and assessed entirely online through a user-friendly learning management system (LMS) aXcelerate.


    Online session only.

    Fees Breakdown

    This course has been sponsored Acciona at no cost to the participant.


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