The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Trench Safety

When - Where

November 21, 2017

(8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
NTRC (2nd floor meeting room)
2360 Cherahala Blvd.
Knoxville, TN  37932
Tel: 865-946-1500 for directions

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.


Excavation cave-ins are a major source of injuries and fatalities within the construction industry. Each year, approximately 75-100 workers will die in trench collapses, and approximately 11 times that number will be seriously injured. With a fatality rate that is 112% higher then that of general construction, excavation worker deaths comprise approximately 1% of ALL worker fatalities in the United States each year. This workshop will discuss causes of trench collapse, and more importantly, how to prevent worker deaths or injuries from these events. The workshop will also feature discussion of fatal trench collapses which have occurred in Tennessee, focusing on the causes of the incidents, and the challenges faced during rescue and recovery operations.


This workshop is recommended for underground construction personnel, supervisors, construction safety managers, public utility personnel and first responders.


Walter Idol, MS/NREMPT
Walter Idol is a Safety /Emergency Response Consultant with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. He has over 37 years experience in emergency response. He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and holds instructor ratings in multiple rescue and emergency response disciplines. He currently serves as a Team Leader on the Heavy/Technical Rescue Team of the Rescue Squad in Knoxville Tennessee.


6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) can be granted for this course.


8:00 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introduction
What OSHA Says:
An Overview of Trenching
"Wives Tales": Common Myths and Misperceptions
10:00 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m.Soil Classification/Testing
12:00 p.m.Lunch (On your own)
1:00 p.m.Hazard Analysis: Why Trenches Fail
Protective Systems
2:30 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Review of Actual Incidents
Questions and Answers
4:00 p.m.Adjourn


The registration fee is $120 per person. A city or county employee is eligible for a TTAP scholarship registration fee of $45. TDOT employees must register through their local TDOT Training Office. The workshop fee includes ONLY materials and coffee breaks. NO LUNCH PROVIDED A course may be canceled if there is low enrollment. Forty-eight hours notice will be given to registrants if a course is canceled. Register early! Limited enrollment!


Due to commitments to our instructors and facilities, the registration fee is not refundable if a registrant withdraws less than forty-eight hours before the workshop. You may substitute registrants; please notify us in advance if possible. Please register early as attendance to our workshops has increased. We may not accommodate walk-ins on the day of the workshop.

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.

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