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Trenching & Excavation Safety Resources

TrenchboxWelcome to the University of Cincinnati Trench Safety Resource Page. The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences is a proud recipient of a Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grant (#SH-05166-SH9) that will provide three new training opportunities in Trenching and Excavation Safety to companies who employ under 250 employees at no cost. Training will include a 2-hour introductory level module designed for workers which will focus on hazard recognition and avoidance, a 4-hour advanced level training for workers with some safety and hazard abatement responsibilities, and a third 6-hour employer level module explaining the regulatory responsibilities for employers under the OSH Act. Training will be available at one of the University of Cincinnati campuses or at your site. To receive more information and to schedule training with us contact us at or 513-558-1393.


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Courses are now available for the 2020-2021 year. For the foreseeable future, courses will be offered in an online virtual format.

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Resources for Workers & Employers

5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe in a Trench (OSHA, DOL)

Video Resources (OSHA, DOL)

Jobsite Excavation Diorama

Photo of Jobsite Excavation DioramaWhen visiting an excavation at a live job site is not available for our training classes our instructors will reference a 1:50 scale tabletop diorama of a residential construction site, created from funding from the Susan Harwood training grant program. The diorama is equipped with caster wheels for easy transportation and is approximately 63”x33”x46” (LxWxH). Features include a construction site complete with residential housing, new home construction, nearby roadways, telephone poles, construction equipment, representation of underground utilities, one example of a 20 ft. trench for demonstrating installation of a sewer pipe, and one example of an excavation for a basement.

Our instructors can use the diorama to demonstrate sources of water, vibrations from equipment, surrounding structures, and previously disturbed soil. The detailed blueprints complete with pictures of the diorama will be available soon.

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Trench Safety Simulator

Featured in the video above is a trench simulator constructed inside of a transportable cargo trailer. The simulator is stationed in Faribault Minnesota at South Central College’s (SCC) Center for Business and Industry. The trailer can easily be relocated for use in other trainings by a qualified driver.

Please contact us to request the trailer’s pricing and scheduling details:

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Upcoming Workshops


March 01-03, 2022: Global Excavation Safety Conference
Where: Phoenix, AZ

The Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premier international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. The Conference, owned and produced by Infrastructure Resources, LLC, is the largest event in the underground damage prevention industry, drawing nearly 1,700 participants and offering 80+ hours of educational content. With conference sessions, comprehensive workshops, numerous networking events, and 120+ exhibitors, it is the place to be if you are committed to the mission of reducing damages.

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Photo Credit: Photo by Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityCC BY 2.0, Source. (Image cropped)

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Department of Environmental & Public Health Sciences
Kettering Lab Building
160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056
Mail Location: 0056

Phone: 513-558-5701