Mini Excavator Operations & Safety

Sandhill Research and Education Center

900 Clemson Rd.


When: Jun 26, 2024

10 Spots remaining

This class is designed to educate mini excavator operators in safe operation of their equipment. The course includes facilitated class room training, a working lunch, and hands-on-equipment training. Safety management of hazards and risks will be discussed and demonstrated. Operations safety training will consist of mounting, dismounting, equipment inspection, proper signage, proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE), and a short driving course.

The Classroom Topics discussed will include:

  • Accident Case Studies
  • Equipment Orientation
  • External Work Zone Set-up (Temporary Traffic Control
  • Internal Work Zone Set-up (Perimeters and Barriers
  • Excavating Issues:
  • Safe Mounting, Seatbelts, No-Rider Rules and Prohibited Uses
  • Imperative Operator Safety Rules
  • Imperative Essential Pedestrian Worker Rules
  • Imperative Non-Essential Pedestrian Worker Rules
  • Special Operation Tasks
  • Preparing for an Unattended Work Zone
  • Equipment Inspection and Use of Pre-Job Briefing Checklists

Speaker Bio

Tony DeCresie brings a very diverse and extensive background spanning numerous industries – working with both public and private entities. He is a nationally recognized training manager with several different organizations over the past 25 years. Tony’s primary area of focus revolves around public works safety, transportation, highway & road work site safety training and basic heavy equipment operations safety. Tony’s dedication to training has led him to become well-versed in a broad spectrum of OSHA and DOT safety training topics. He previously served as a DOT Certified Safety Manager and as the Director of the Road Scholar Certification Program and the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Tony currently serves as the National Training Director and a Senior Safety Instructor for Training USA.


Class registration is from 8:00-8:30am. The class will begin at 8:30. Lunch will be provided. We should adjourn around 4:00pm.


Course Fee

The registration fee for the workshop is $225.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $125.00. The fee includes course materials, break refreshments, and the noon luncheon. Advance registration is encouraged so that an accurate estimate of the number of workshop participants can be obtained. This is a hands-on workshop so space is limited.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for DOT, municipal public works, parks, streets/roads, water, waste water, distribution/collection and/or storm water utility workers or any other government entity employees who may be called on to operate this equipment.

Payment Policy

UPDATED 2/15/23 – The Transportation Technology Transfer Service now accepts Electronic Check (ACH) payments in addition to credit card payments. While credit card payments are still the preferred payment method, you now have the Electronic Check (ACH) option. Your payment must be received within 5 business days of your registration. If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed registration for the conference.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training.  No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please email Customer Service or call 864-656-4183.

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