Special Note

OECS is excited to announce that the webinar, Excavation and Trenching Safety, has been approved as a Continuing Education (CE) credit. A certificate will be available upon request for CEU and attending the event. This and other OECS webinars have been approved for CE credit by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

If you are interested in obtaining a certificate of completion, after watching the video below, please email Jennifer Erickson to obtain an evaluation to show completion.

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This event is for business owners, presidents, safety, HR and plant management, construction superintendents and project managers.


Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. Trench collapses, or cave-ins, are a significant risk and safety issue, and cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year. These types of incidents are tragic—and they are preventable.

OSHA believes there is a potential of collapse in all excavations. This leads to the increased emphasis on trenching and excavating that is driven by collapses and fatalities.


During the webinar, we will:

  • Discuss the top hazards that are found with trenches.
  • Address lack of pre-planning, and inexperienced or new workers to trench work.
  • Define the competent person and their roles.
  • Discuss lack of communication between new workers and supervision from a competent person.
  • Identify what training is lacking and needs to be addressed before the excavation starts.
  • We will also discuss real world examples of trenches and the issues and hazards that are pictured.



Cody Hedberg, CHST, is responsible for providing services to construction and general industry clients throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.  He has served as a Safety Director for construction and mechanical companies in North Dakota prior to joining OECS and has over 10 years of experience in the safety field, in both construction and general industry.  He is a Dale Carnegie graduate and has also completed his Toastmasters Competent Communicator Certificate.

Dan Dustin, CEM, has over 30 years of experience in safety. During his career, he has developed and delivered training programs, written policies and safety curricula for both construction and general industry clients, as well as for local and state units of government.  He is trained as a firefighter, a Hazardous Materials Technician Instructor, an EMT, as well as an electrician.

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OSHA Environmental Compliance Systems (OECS) is the Midwest’s leading consulting firm. For almost 30 years, OECS has provided the highest-quality workplace safety consulting services to small and mid-sized manufacturing and construction firms. We implement a proven process with clients that helps them obtain their safety goals year in and year out.

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