Trenching and Excavation Safety Workshop

Trenching and Excavation Safety Workshop

BC Housing: 8 CPD Points


The workshop walks participants through a comprehensive program that included what the WorkSafeBC Regulations & Guidelines state, safe work procedures and what to do if something goes wrong. 


It covers shoring, benching, sloping and shielding systems. It also includes a section on location of underground utilities and the geotechnical and structural engineered documentation requirements. 


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Identify hazards around trenches and excavations 

  • Be able to locate underground utilities 

  • Understand soil types, soil collapse patterns, and warning signs 

  • Gain familiarity with WorkSafeBC regulations 

  • Understand geotechnical and structural engineered documentation 

  • Understand sloping and benching 

  • Understand shoring and shielding systems 

  • Describe and demonstrate where possible safe installation and removal processes 

  • Identify emergency procedures for a trench collapse 


Delivery Method: Virtual Session – Zoom Meeting or In-Person/Classroom delivery available. 

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion. 

This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You will be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions. 

Technical Requirements

**For Virtual Delivery Sessions Only**

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory) – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair



There are no prerequisites for this session. 

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for those field workers, equipment operators, supervisors and support staff involved with trench excavations, pipe installs and other associated below-ground activities.  Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and industry safe work practices when working from within an excavation are covered.