JJ Keller Trenching & Shoring Safety Training Video on DVD by JJ Keller

Trenching & Shoring Safety Training Program DVD
  • SKU: 9691
  • Copyright: 2004
  • Runtime: 23 mins.
  • Producer: JJ Keller
What's in The Box
  • (1) 23 Minute Training DVD
  • (1) Trainers Guide
  • (11) Employee Handbooks
  • (1) OSHA Excavation Standards Handbook
  • (1) Training Log
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Product Description

  • Program focuses on OSHA-regulated safety measures and best practices related to excavation-site work
  • Helps your employees avoid trench accidents by training them on safe excavation-site procedures
  • Covers core topics that include the following:
    • Underground installations
    • Access and egress
    • Exposure to falling loads
    • Hazardous atmospheres
    • Protection from hazards with water accumulation
    • Stability of adjacent structures
    • Protection from loose rock or soil
    • Inspections
    • Protection of employees in excavations
    • Design of sloping and benching systems
    • Design of support, shield and other protective systems
    • Installation and removal of support
  • Ready-to-use training program includes several components
  • Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired


9691 (134-DVD) -  DVD Training -  Trenching & Shoring Safety - DVD Training 
Copyright Date : 2004
ISBN : 1-59042-522-7 


Program Components

  • (1) 23-Minute DVD - Combines engaging video and editing technology with expertise from industry professionals at all levels.
  • (1) Trainer's Guide - Product Code: 9694 (422-H) - Provides training tips, a glossary, emergency response info, and an answer key to the 10-point quiz in the Employee Handbooks.
  • (11) Employee Handbooks - Product Code: 9695 (423-H) - Review key points and include a quiz to check trainees’ understanding of the material. Include perforated Skill Cards that summarize critical info.
  • (1) OSHA Excavation Standards Handbook - Product Code: 1715 (100-H) - Puts key regulations from OSHA’s Excavation Standard into plain language.
  • (1) Training Log - Provides a convenient way to record attendance and maintain a list of workers you’ve trained.

DVD Main Menu

  • Play Program – Plays entire main program.
  • Chapter Selections – Allows easy access to specific subtopics for more focused training.
    • Introduction - Explains why following safety rules when working in trenches is so important.
    • Definitions and Dangers - Defines key terms; cites government statistics regarding trenching and shoring fatalities, and features a series of animations that illustrate how a cave-in can cause a person to suffocate within minutes.
    • Before Excavation Begins - Gives an overview of what happens before an excavation in order to ensure the workers' safety. Discusses different hazards such as power lines, traffic patterns, underground installations, soils, water conditions and rocks.
    • The Competent Person - Defines "competent person" and outlines their responsibilities on the jobsite.
    • Soil Classification - Explains the classifications stable rock and Type A, B and C.
    • Protective Support Systems - Provides information on protective support systems, such as sloping methods, benching methods, trench boxes or trench shields and shoring systems.
    • General Safety Practices - Goes over different ways workers can help ensure their safety: Use the proper safety equipment; Make sure warning systems are in place; Don't work underneath lifting or digging equipment loads; Never work on a slope or bench above a co-worker; Keep material and equipment two feet from the edge of the trench; Stay aware of changing conditions, which can affect the trench; Stay aware of signs of trouble.
    • Emergency Response Procedures - Discusses what workers should do in case of an emergency.
    • Conclusion - Emphasizes that everyone needs to follow the safety rules and constantly be alert for hazards when working in trenches.
  • Checklist – Provides a quick way to refresh key points of the program to better aid retention.
  • Commentary – Offers additional interviews by industry professionals.
  • Quiz – 10 interactive questions; offers correct/incorrect remediation to reinforce effectiveness of training.

Basic System Requirements

  • A 400 Mhz or faster Intel- compatible CPU
  • A video card with AGP architecture and at least 4 MB of onboard RAM
  • At least 128 MB of system RAM (Windows 2000, XP and Vista users - 256 MB or more is recommended)
  • Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP or Windows Vista (most software DVD decoders have either reduced function or no support under Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0)
  • The latest version of Microsoft DirectX
  • A DVD-ROM drive (DVD discs cannot be read by CD-ROM equipment)

What's in The Box

What's In The Box

  • (1) 23 Minute Training DVD
  • (1) Trainers Guide
  • (11) Employee Handbooks
  • (1) OSHA Excavation Standards Handbook
  • (1) Training Log

Video Transcript

Trenching & Shoring Safety

In our day to day activities, we tend to fall in the pattern, sometimes we take things for granted, make assumptions. Do you assume that you know how the morning coffee will taste based on how it tasted yesterday, the day before that? Will you get to the job site? Do you assume the equipment is going to start after all it did yesterday? And do you ever assume that just because the excavation didn't cave in yesterday, it won't happen today. Well that's one assumption that could be deadly. Just ask the family and friends  of the forty-sixty workers who died every year and the more than one thousand who are injured  in trenching and excavation  accidents. 

Almost every trench cave-in happens because someone doesn't follow the simple rules of trenching and shoring. In this video, we're going to look at how you can help avoid becoming the victim of excavation accidents and protect others from being injured too. This training is designed to help make you familiar with the rules found in the OSHA excavations standard. No matter what your job is, every one who works at or near an excavation site should have a working knowledge of this standard. We'll start with definitions and a look at the dangers and talk about what to do before excavation begins. We'll also discuss what's meant by the term 'competent person' and what that person duties are. We'll look at:

  • Soil classification
  • Protective support systems
  • General safety practices
  •  And then we'll talk about emergency response procedures.

Definition and Dangers

A trench as defined is a narrow excavation made below the surface of the ground, the depth is often greater than its width. Shoring refers to supporting the sides of an excavation to prevent a cave in. Working in the trench is one of the most common and one of the most dangerous job in construction and utility work. Government statistics show that of all trenching & shoring fatalities 79% occurred in trenches that were less than 15 feet deep.

Before excavation Begins

Before an installation begins, the person responsible or the competent person should look the job site over for extenuating circumstances like power lines, traffic patterns, we should know something about what to expect with the soils, water conditions, if they have the right equipment on the job for the excavation and also for protection of the employees.

The Competent Person

The OSHA excavation standard refers to someone called a 'Competent Person' who's required to inspect the excavation and adjacent areas at least once a day. Of course, this doesn't mean that everyone else at the job site is not 'competent'. It is simply the term for the person who is assigned this responsibility.

Soil Classifications

Immediately before work begins, the type of soil at the job site must be identified. Identifying the soil type helps determine which type of protective system will be used to the trench. This is handled by the competent person. Some times an excavation site contains a combination of soil types. Every location is different, that's why soil classification is so important. 

Protective Support Systems

The main factors of all is designing a protective system. Soil classification is just one of them, others are: 

  • Depth of cut
  • Water content of the soil
  • Changes due to weather and climate 
  • And other operations at the work site

OSHA requires that in all excavations, employees must be protected from cave ins by sloping or benching the site of an excavation. The OSHA excavation standard lists the maximum allowable slopes for all soil classifications. Again, determining the correct soil type and slope is the responsibility of the competent person but it's your life on the line so you should know about this rules too.

General Safety Practices

Here are some general safety practices for excavation work. First of all, know your job responsibilities. If there's a question about the excavation, don't hesitate to ask a supervisor or the competent person. A few minutes of downtime could prevent us serious injury or accident. Make sure you and all your co workers have and use the proper safety equipment as required by your company policy. These items may include:

  • Eye and ear protection
  • A respirator
  • Fall protection equipment
  • Safety shoes or boots
  • And a hard hat

If the excavation is near traffic, all workers should wear bright warning vest or other garments made of high visibility material.

Emergency Response Procedures

No one likes to think about an accident especially on a trench, but you need to know what to do in case something does happen. Rescues can be tricky and dangerous. Don't become a victim yourself by rushing into a collapsed trench before it stabilize. Working in a trench doesn't have to be a danger occupation as long as everyone knows what the rules are and follows them everyday. Excavation work can be done safely and efficiently so don't assume that someone else is going to take care of following the trenching and shoring rules. You need to do your part too. Know what the rules are. What the hazards look like and in some cases, what they sound like. That way, you can do your part to control or eliminate hazards and keep your job site safe.


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