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COCA class to examine trenching hazards

COCA, the Council of Owners and Construction Associates based in Maryville, is sponsoring a Trenching and Shoring Competent Person Training Class on Saturday, May 3. The one-day course is being held at the AmerenIP Service Yard, 1050 West Boulevard, Belleville.

Open trenches continue to be one of the most hazardous jobs in construction, the organization said.  Deaths attributed to cave-ins continue to be a major concern.

The course will be of particular interest to those who are required to have Trenching and Shoring Competent Person training  Participants will learn how to install several different shoring systems, arrange spoil piles, identify soil types and become familiar with OSHA regulations.

This course is recommended for foremen, general foremen, maintenance supervisors, construction superintendents, safety supervisors, and engineers who are involved in trenching and shoring construction and maintenance projects, including those people who interact with construction contractors.

Instructors are ‘hands-on” professionals who work in the field each day. Each has graduated from the OSHA Training Institute in Chicago and has an in-depth knowledge of the region.

The cost of this course is $190 per person. For further information contact the COCA office at (618) 288-9434 or visit to register.

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