Deep Excavation and Trench Support

Construction and Plant

Deep Excavation and Trench Support

Trench training Who is this for?

This practical training course is designed for supervisors and operatives who are required to install trench support systems. Training will focus timber and proprietary systems .

Deep Excavation and Trench Support course:

The program is extremely practical with participants carrying out exercises that will enable them to work safely within excavations. To ensure that all candidates have the knowledge and skills to be able to safely undertake the supervision and installation of trench support operations and ensure that all candidates develop their knowledge to be able to safely undertake the installation of trench supports systems.

Course content:

  • Introduction, aim and objectives
  • Update on relevant legislation and codes of practice.
  • Duties and responsibilities for personnel operating in and around excavations
  • Pre-entry considerations and hazard identification
  • Excavations and the working at height regulations
  • Access and egress requirements
  • Lifting accessories requirements for trench support operations
  • Selecting the appropriate method of trench support.
  • Proprietary systems
  • Working in congested areas
  • Excavations and confined space considerations
  • Understanding soil mechanics

Group exercises:

  • Close timber boarding techniques
  • Timber withdrawal techniques
  • Steel trench sheeting, (trenches and shafts)
  • Striking and backfilling.


3 Days

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Some useful information: Structural stability during excavations

What you need to do
The law says you must prevent danger to workers in or near excavations. To maintain the required precautions, a competent person must inspect excavation supports or battering at the start of the working shift and at other specified times. No work should take place until the excavation is safe.

Commercial clients must provide certain information to contractors before work begins. This should include relevant information on:

  • Ground conditions
  • underground structures or water courses; and
  • the location of existing services.
  • This information should be used to during the planning and preparation for excavation work.

If you would like to read further information about Deep Excavation and Trench Support, then click on the following link on the HSE website


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