Importance Of Trenching and Excavation Training

Posted by oshaprosusa on September 14th, 2022

Certain workers need to work in dangerous environments to earn a living. Taking adequate precautions is necessary for such individuals as a simple mistake can be grievous. The Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA recommends trainee mine workers, as well as construction workers engaged in Part 46 mines, undergo the new miner training part 46 and get the required certification.

Getting this certificate can help the workers learn about the risks in the mine and take safety measures to complete the designated tasks perfectly. MSHA training courses, along with those provided by OSHA, are of utmost importance today.

Thankfully, one does not have to be physically present in a classroom to take the training. Instead, spending 8 hours online will be sufficient for mastering the training. It consists of 15 learning modules. The course provides all relevant information about working in a mine to the new workers aspiring to begin working. The newly recruited miners must register for the training course soon. Moreover, they also need to take occupational health and safety training for 16 hours which the respective employers usually provide.

The first question that strikes my mind almost immediately is the nature of Part 46 mine. A close look at the government website if MSHA would be enough to learn the facts! Part 46 is concerned with training as well as retraining all miners who are suitably engaged to handle the following operations:

  •  Shell dredging
  •  Working with sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, surface limestone, marble, granite, sandstone, slate, shale, traprock, kaolin, cement, and feldspar
  •  Working inside lime mines

Who needs to take MSHA-approved part 46 training?

  •  New miners, including first-time miners
  •  Mining supervisors,
  •  Construction workers at the mine
  •  Independent contractors who supply mining materials or are engaged in various tasks within the mine

What is included in the training course?

  •  Introduction to "The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)"
  •  Surface Mining Overview
  •  Health Hazards of Mining
  •  Communication of Hazards
  •  Identifying the risks of Electricity, Fire, and Explosives
  •  Understanding Mining Machinery and Equipment
  •  Process of Materials Handling and Proper Storage
  •  Mining Health and Safety Standards
  •  Training Procedure

The trainee has the convenience of going through each module online. There is no specified time for taking the course, and one can do it from the office or in the privacy of the home. The trainee is welcome to take the course on weekends too. After completing each section, one has to take a quiz related to it. The trainee must pass the quiz to move on to the next section. The final examination is mandatory after finishing the entire course. However, many trainees are relieved to learn that they can make as many attempts as required to complete the training.


After completing the final exam, one can easily download the U.S. Department of Labor Certificate of Training.

Completing the trenching and excavation training is essential for people working on excavation sites and digging trenches.

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