Trencher Instructor Kit


The kit contains:

Trenching Safety Fundamentals Spiral- contains instructor guide and instructor tips

Thumb Drive- contains PowerPoint presentation, forms, and regulations

*In order to comply with CTS training standards, each trainee must have their own study guide.  All material is protected by copyright law and may not be copied or reproduced.


Trencher training complies with training requirements established by The Occupational Safety & Health Act, Subpart O, Section 1926 Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, Section 1926 Rollover Structures, and Overhead Guards. Trencher training will cover all applicable SAE standards and how to protect workers from several hazards associated with operating and maintaining these machines.

Topics Presented in Class:

  1. Regulations
  2. Operator Manuals
  3. Safety Decals
  4. Types of Trenchers
  5. Trencher Attachments
  6. Trencher Components
  7. Power Sources / Carbon Monoxide Effects
  8. Basic Operating Controls & Indicators
  9. Operator Issues and Factors
  10. Personal Protective Equipment
  11. Environmental Hazards
  12. Inspections
    1. Pre-Use
    2. Workplace
  13. Unsafe Conditions
  14. Energized Power Lines
    1. Minimum Clearance Distances
    2. Operator Error
    3. Power Line Emergencies
  15. Mounting and Dismounting
  16. Engine Starting and Warm-Up
  17. Driving Precautions
  18. Operator Tips
  19. Refueling
  20. Shutdown
  21. Written Exam

Trencher Hands-on and Evaluation

  1. Complete Pre-use Inspections
  2. Evaluate trainee operating a trencher on a work-related course

Review evaluation with trainee

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