Trenching - Competent Person

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What is a "Competent Person"?

  • Identifies trench hazards
  • Is authorized to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate hazards
  • Is responsible for daily trenching inspection
  • Coordinates the emergency response plan
  • Is knowledgeable about soils, protective systems, and OSHA rules
  • Works with the professional engineer (PE), who designs protective systems
As a “competent person,” you will be able to:
  • Recognize trenching hazards
  • Understand protective systems for trenches
  • Understand hazards and preventive measures for activities associated with excavation
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