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Safety CommitteeTrenching and Shoring Webinar


LIVE DATE:  08/31/15

CEU TYPE: Technical

IEPA#: 9803
IDEM#: PWSG15-5441


Working in excavations and trenches is recognized as one of the most hazardous activities in the construction industry.  An excavation is defined as any man-made trench, cut or depression created by earth removal.  A trench is defined as a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide and is no wider than 15 feet.  On average, two workers are killed each month in the United States due to lack of adequate protection.  Trenches greater than five feet in depth require protective systems unless the excavation is made entirely in stable rock.  Trenches greater than twenty feet in depth require protective systems to be designed and approved by licensed professional engineers. 


This webinar will review the regulatory requirements for working in excavations and trenches, identify the hazards and dangers associated with excavations, discuss trench safety measures, competent person training, employee protective systems. surface crossings of trenches, means of ingress and egress, exposure to vehicular traffic, mobile equipment warning systems, exposure to falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, confined space and emergency rescue equipment.   

Presenters: Eric Staley and Brian Jack 

Eric Staley is the Safety Engineer for Power Generation and Water Purification at City Water, Light and Power, a municipally owned utility in Springfield, Illinois.  With over 17 years in the fields of environmental engineering and regulatory compliance, Eric’s experience includes permitting, industrial remediation, hazardous waste operations, construction quality assurance and safety management.  Eric is also a licensed emergency medical technician in the State of Illinois.



Brian Jack is the currently the Utilities Superintendent for the Village of Lombard.  Previously he was the Water and Sewer Superintendent for the Village of Oak Park for a total of over 18 years of experience in the Public Works Industry.  During this time Brian has served as the Safety Program Coordinator for the Village of Oak Park and now the Village of Lombard for the past 12 years.  In 2003 Brian achieved the Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council for continuous learning and dedication to occupational safety and health.

Brian was also a member of the inaugural class of the Illinois Public Service Institute and graduated from the program in 2006.  He currently sits on the Illinois Section AWWA Safety and Emergency Planning Committee and was a past member of the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter Education Committee.



COST & REGISTRATION: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $30; IND: $25

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