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COCA sponsoring trench training in Belleville

COCA, the Council of Owners and Construction Associates, is sponsoring a Trenching and Shoring Competent Person Training Class on Saturday, May 6.

cocalogoThe one-day course is being held at Ameren Illinois’ Service Yard, 1050 West Blvd., Belleville. It will be conducted by TekSolv’s American Allied Safety Council.

The course will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor is John Langford, corporate safety director at James McHugh Construction Co.

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 designed for those required to have Trenching and Shoring Competent Person training. 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 benefit.

The instructors are ‘hands-on” professionals who work in the field and possess broad knowledge in construction trenching and shoring safety. Each has graduated from the OSHA Training Institute in Chicago and knows the region.

The cost of this course is $225 per person. To register go to the TekSolv AASC’s website: or call the office at (618) 344-1591. For any other information concerning COCA, contact the COCA office at (618) 288-9434 or visit

 – From the Illinois Business Journal

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