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Trench Safety Saves Lives

Trench safety saves lives.

This often-spoken phrase is implemented with the training and assignment of individuals designated as competent persons to job sites with open trenches, pits and excavations.

Aluminum trench boxMore than a description, a competent person is defined by OSHA as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them” [29 CFR 1926.32(f)].

Competent person training is currently available through Neff Rental in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. During the one-day program, individuals are provided specific training in and be knowledgeable about soil analysis, the proper use of protective systems and the requirements of the trench safety excavation standard. In addition, they will take a non-binding test at the end of the session to refresh the coursework.

Neff Rental’s OSHA Sub Part P Trenching & Excavation Competent Person Training Program is taught by experienced trench safety instructors. Attendees to Neff Rental’s trenching and excavation safety training class receive an OSHA Sub Part P guide book, a certification of attendance card, and an attendance certificate for their employers.

The training program is important for helping to ensure a safe job site where there are trenches, open pits and excavations. OSHA regulations require that a person designated as a competent person “perform daily inspections of excavations, the adjacent areas, and protective systems . . . for evidence of a situation that could result in possible cave-ins, indications of failure of protective systems, hazardous atmospheres, or other hazardous conditions. An inspection shall be conducted by the competent person before the start of work and as needed throughout the shift. Inspections shall also be made after every rainstorm or other hazard increasing occurrence.”

The Neff Rental competent person training program enables companies that work on Corps of Engineers projects to meet three-year training requirements, as well as contractors’ own annual to five-year training requirements.

For more information about competent person training classes in your area, visit or call your nearest Neff Rental branch at 888-709-6333.