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2-Part Online Course

Excavations Competent Person

Meets knowledge training requirements of OSHA’s definition of a Trenching and Excavations Competent Person


About Excavations Competent Person

Excavations Competent Person covers §29CFR 1926 Subpart P Excavations. The course provides the knowledge you need to safely work in or around excavations including how to identify and control common hazards associated with excavations. Operations, safety, and anyone working in or around excavations should take this course. Note: This course covers the knowledge requirements for a competent person in excavations. It is up to each employer to evaluate their employees, grant them authority to take corrective actions, and designate them as a competent person.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge required to be considered a competent person for excavations and trenching; meaning you will be able to identify existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees. Specifically, you will understand how to:

  • Inspect excavations and trenches
  • Identify hazards common to excavations including cave-ins, underground installations, hazardous atmospheres, water accumulation, stability of adjacent structures, and falls
  • Install protective systems using a variety of methods (sloping, shoring, shielding) to protect employees from cave-ins
  • Protect employees from hazards common to excavations

Earn up to 3 CUSP points!

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Danny Raines, CUSP

Danny Raines, CUSP began his career in the electrical utility industry in June 1967 in Macon, Georgia with Georgia Power Company. Served a short time in the U. S. Army in 1968-69 and is a Vietnam era disabled veteran. Returning back to Georgia Power and working through the steps of progression on the line crews up to First Line Supervisor in 1985, Danny was offered a position in a new unregulated part of Georgia Power as contract coordinator over contract utility crews and line clearing forestry crews in 1995.

In late 1996, Danny entered Safety and Health, promoted as Supervisor, Project Manager and Corporate Safety Consultant supporting Distribution and Transmission organizations. Danny assisted in two training projects in the Middle East, in Turkey designing and implementing an Apprentice Lineman School for Turkish Electric Authority and another design of distribution system in Syria for Al Furat Oil and Petroleum in an oil field 200 kilometers in a desert outside Damascus, Syria.

Danny retired from Georgia Power on December 1st, 2007 as the Safety Consultant for Distribution and Transmission organizations after a 40-year career and founded Raines Utility Safety Solutions, LLC. a safety consulting company. Danny is currently an Affiliate Instructor at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Ga., OSHA Authorized General Industry Safety and Compliance trainer, electric utility subject matter expert in civil cases, supporting electrical contractors, Co-Ops and municipal utility companies across the US.

The views, information, or opinions expressed during this webinar are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Utility Business Media and its employees. It is strongly recommended you discuss any actions or policy changes with your company management prior to implementation.

Excavations Competent Person is not included in the iPi Online Subscription.