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COCA plans trenching and shoring training


From Illinois Business Journal news services

MARYVILLE — COCA, the Council of Owners and Construction Associates, is sponsoring a Trenching and Shoring Competent Person Training Class on Saturday, May 7.

The one-day course is being held at Ameren’s Service Yard, 1050 West Boulevard, Belleville. 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 meets requirements for those who must have Trenching and Shoring Competent Person training, and it 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 very beneficial.

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 has an in-depth knowledge of the southern Illinois region.

The cost of this course is $225 per person. To register for this course, go to the TekSolv AASC’s website: or call the office at (618) 344-1591.

For any other information concerning COCA, call the office at (618) 288-9434 or visit to register.

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