Kentucky OSHA Trenching Classes

For excavation and plumbing contractors under 30 employees

photo of a trench

March 16 & 17, 2010

4 Classes

T 3/16,
8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm
W 3/17
8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm

Bluegrass Community
and Technical College
Lawrenceburg, KY

Annually, dozens of workers are killed in trenching and excavation accidents and hundreds more are injured. Small businesses are especially vulnerable. With the right training, these deaths and injuries are preventable.

Join the experts at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for trenching classes designed to protect small excavation and plumbing contractors from trenching hazards. The event is sponsored by the NIOSH Small Business Cross-Sector Program and its partners, AGC of Kentucky and Kentucky OSHA.

AGC of Kentucky


Kentucky Labor Cabinet

How to Register

Download the formpdf icon, complete, and fax to AGC of Kentucky at (502) 227-8014.

Call 1-800-456-0215 or register online at http://www.agcky.orgexternal icon.

Indoor Instruction and Outdoor Demonstration

In this class, you’ll move from classroom presentations to an outdoor demonstration of trench safety techniques and equipment during one four-hour session. You’ll see the latest trenching, shoring, and shielding procedures and equipment. Some of the products demonstrated are particularly good for smaller jobs where protective shoring or shielding is still needed.

Sign up for any of the four sessions offered on March 16 and 17, 2010. Each class features two hours of classroom instruction and two hours of live trenching demonstration. Sessions will be taught by three of the area’s best industry professionals and safety experts: Al Heckmann of Heckmann Sales & Leasing, Steven Jones of Kentucky OSHA, and Ronnie Perkins of AGC of Kentucky. Training will be held on the campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Special thanks to Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Heckmann Sales & Leasing for location and equipment assistance.

Course Outline

Classes cover a broad range of trenching topics:

  • Overview of excavation hazards
  • Planning an excavation
  • Soil testing
  • Site inspections
  • Sloping and benching soil
  • Power equipment
  • Shielding, shoring, and other protective systems
  • Rigging equipment and methods
  • Installation and removal of protective systems
  • Kentucky OSHA requirements
  • Other jobsite concerns such as access and egress, water accumulation, adjacent buildings, fall protection for the public, warning systems on mobile equipment, hazardous atmospheres, personal protective equipment


Courses will be presented by three experienced instructors:

Al Heckmann
Heckmann Sales & Leasing

Steven Jones
Senior OSH Safety Consultant
Kentucky OSHA

Ronnie Perkins
Safety and Education Director
AGC of Kentucky

Why take this class?

collapsed trench

38 Year-Old Construction Laborer Dies When Trench Walls Collapse
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Master Plumber Dies When Trench Collapses
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Hispanic Worker Dies Due To Trench Cave-In
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Page last reviewed: March 16, 2010