Trenching & Excavating Safety: Competent Person - Springfield

Date: 1/16/2018 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: UMass Springfield
1500 Main Street
Springfield, Massachusetts

Capacity:

8/30


Overview

What does it mean to be a “Competent Person” in Trenching and Excavation Safety? The OSHA excavation standard states that a competent person is: “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” OSHA states that you must have specific training in and knowledge to perform soil analyses, determine the protective system to be used in excavations and conduct daily inspections.  


This workshop will present individuals with training in the following areas:

  • Conducting site inspections
  • Establishing proper access & egress
  • Identifying potential environmental hazards
  • Determining soil composition & classification
  • Implementing protective systems (sloping, shoring, shielding)

Who Should Attend

Public Works professionals, both management and operations, involved in trenching and excavation who desire “competent person” proficiency in trenching/excavations as it applies to OSHA regulations.

*This session is open to 3 MassDOT personnel

Please see the course flyer for additional information.
 
Attendees
First Name Affiliation
Mark MassDOT District 3
Matthew MassDOT District 2
Matthew MassDOT District 2
Catherine Town of Granville
Adam Town of Rutland
Scott Town of Granville
Daniel Town of Rutland
Michael Town of Chesterfield
Instructors
  • Michael Smith
    Technical Training Specialist at UMTC UMass Amherst

    Michael Smith is the Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist. He was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operation and long range planning for the municipality.Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: mdsmith@umass.edu