During excavation, shoring systems provide safety for workers in a trench and speeds up excavation. In this case, shoring should not be confused with shielding. Shoring is designed to prevent collapse where shielding is only designed to protect workers when collapses occur. Concrete structures shoring, in this case also referred to as falsework, provides temporary support until the concrete becomes hard and achieves the desired strength to support loads.
By Dan Rafter
Trench and excavation jobs remain some of the riskiest on construction sites across the United States. OSHA reports that an average of two construction workers are killed every month in trench collapses.
By James McRay
JD Construction—headquartered in Lambertville, Michigan—was recently charged with installing the pour-in-place looping pit for a new 150- x 70-foot Alcos Slitting Line at Heidtman Steel Product’s new East Chicago facility located only a mile away from Lake Michigan. It was a relatively simple $300,000 excavation project—other than the fact that
By James McRay
JD Construction-headquartered in Lambertville, Michigan-was recently charged with installing the pour-in-place looping pit for a new 150- x 70-foot Alcos Slitting Line at Heidtman Steel Product’s new East Chicago facility located only a mile away from Lake Michigan. It was a relatively simple $300,000 excavation project-other than the fact
Elkridge, MD (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 Mabey Inc. is now offering a Rental Protection Plan (RPP) on all excavation shoring equipment rentals to provide coverage in the event of accidental damage or loss. The RPP is a simple and affordable way for customers to protect themselves from the unforeseen. The
If you have no idea what it is like to be crushed and trapped by earth in a trench, you should meet somebody who has suffered that trauma…and can talk about it. I know such a man. He has great difficulty talking, walks slowly and painfully with two canes, and
By Paul Hull
We are earthmovers. We use excavators, graders, dozers, loaders, and trenchers to move the earth. Some of our projects cover acres of terrain, but the most dangerous are probably not the biggest jobs but those that involve trenches. There are still too many accidents that cause damage to people and
OSHA requires sloping, shoring, or shielding for trenches 5 feet or more in depth—period, no questions asked—just do it. If buried in a cave-in, suffocation will occur in less than three minutes. At the very least, a cave-in survivor will suffer serious internal injuries. Yet amazingly, OSHA compliance is estimated
Excavation contractors have long used trench boxes to shield employees from cave-ins when working inside trenches. Still, despite their popularity, there are times when a trench box isn’t the best or even a practical choice. For example, you may not have a trailer big enough to haul the box, or