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Construction trench-training class planned by COCA

From Illinois Business Journal news services

COCA, the Council of Owners and Construction Associates, is sponsoring a Trenching and Shoring Competent Person Training Class on Saturday, May 2.

The one-day course is being held at the AmerenIP’s Service Yard, 1050 W. Blvd., Belleville, IL 62221. It will be conducted by TekSolv’s American Allied Safety Council.

Open trenches continue to be one of the most hazardous jobs in construction. Deaths attributed to cave-ins continue to be a major concern. The  course is an OSHA-recognized “competent person” certification course. 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. Anyone who interacts with construction contractors will find this course beneficial, sponsors said.

COCA said the instructors are ‘hands-on” professionals who work in the field each day and possess a broad-base of knowledge in construction trenching and shoring safety. Each has graduated from the OSHA Training Institute in Chicago and knows this region of Illinois.

The cost of this course is $190 per person. To register go to the TekSolv AASC’s website: or call their office at (618) 344-1591. For any other information concerning COCA, contact the COCA office at (618) 288-9434 or visit the website at to register.

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