Competent Persons Training

Certification for Trench Box and Shoring Equipment

If there any trenches being dug on your jobsite, it’s an OSHA requirement that at least one person is certified through the Competent Persons Training to operate trench box and shoring equipment.

Competent Person According to OSHA

“One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surrounding of working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” [29 CRF 1926.32(f)]

National Utility Contractor Association (NUCA) Class Description

OSHA requires a competent person to oversee all excavation and trenching jobsites. The competent person must have specific training in, and be knowledgeable about, soil analysis, the use of protective systems, and the requirements of OSHA Subpart P.

NUCA’s Excavation Safety Competent Person Training program helps contractors train the competent person and workers. Although the responsibility for designating a competent person is the sole responsibility of the contractor, this program is designed to simplify the task by providing participants with the information and training needed to become a competent person.

What’s Included in the Course?

The program includes the scope and application of Subpart P—Excavation Standard; definitions; general requirements; requirements for protective systems; soil classification; and handling an OSHA inspection. Each participant receives a training manual that includes a complete copy of the Excavation Standard.

Who Does the Training?

Ziegler’s NUCA-certified trench box training specialist has gone through the “Train the Trainer” program and is able to conduct Competent Person trainings for you and your team.

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To learn more about Competent Persons Safety Training or to sign up, please fill out the form below! Our trench box safety specialist will contact you within 24 hours with more information.