Trenching and Excavating Safety: Competent Person-Virtual Classroom

Date: 2/8/2022 8:00 AM - 2/8/2022 10:00 AM

Location: Virtual





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.

ATTENTION: After registering you will receive an email containing a link to pre-register with Zoom for the virtual class.

This event is accessible to people with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance (such as translated documents or an interpreter) to fully participate, please contact Mike Smith at at least 14 days prior to the event. Such services are provided free of charge.


Register by 2/8/2022
Private sector


Register by 2/8/2022
Public sector


If you are having trouble registering, please email or call (413) 545-2604 for assistance.

First Name Affiliation
Dennis Athol DPW
Jasper Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (NH)
Justin Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (MA)
Kris City of Northampton
Joseph Town of East Longmeadow DPW
Michael Town of Westhampton
Joseph Town of Dedham
Felix City of Northampton
Kyle Town of Wellfleet
Robert Town of East Longmeadow DPW
Andrew Town of Westborough
Anthony Town of East Longmeadow DPW
Peter Town of Wellfleet
Austin Town of Westhampton
Justin Town of Wellfleet
Giovanna City of Salem
Enrique Town of East Longmeadow DPW
Lee Town of Wellfleet
Scott Town of Westhampton
Ryan Town of Wellfleet
  • Michael Smith
    Technical Training Specialist at UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)