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Trench shields (also called Trench Boxes) are steel or aluminum structures used for protecting utility workers while performing their duties within a trench. They are customarily constructed with sidewalls of varying thicknesses held apart by steel or aluminum spreaders. Spreaders can be interchanged to match the width of the trench. The different materials and building designs lead to a variety of depth ratings, i.e. the depth of a trench that the shield can withstand a collapse without buckling. Depth ratings are determined by registered professional engineers.

Rehabilitating Stormwater Pipe

Rehabilitating Stormwater Pipe

In the booming 1990s, Orange County took a close look at its growing—and aging—water infrastructure to make decisions about maintaining and upgrading it. They decided to contract outside their own stormwater department for making the repairs to the system. The Stormwater Management Division in Orange County has been through many

Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers

Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers

Workplace safety solution professionals: How many times do we see excavation and sewer workers working unprotected in trenches? Trenches are literally filled with a variety of potential safety and environmental hazards. Cave-ins are perhaps the most feared trenching hazard as one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. Asphyxiation due to

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of

Challenges of Rehabilitating Stormwater Pipe

Challenges of Rehabilitating Stormwater Pipe

Orlando, FL, is home to Cinderella’s Castle. It’s where 17.2 million visitors pass through the gates to Mickey’s house annually. Upon its opening in 1971, Disney World hosted some 10,000 visitors, all of them happy to pay the $3.50 admission to the Magic Kingdom. Today, that same admission price is

Trenchers vs. Excavators

Trenchers vs. Excavators

Trenchers and excavators each have their place, but, obviously, one is better suited than the other in certain circumstances. This article addresses the kind of projects or circumstances that dictate the use of each, as well as the best practices for trenching and shoring while using a trencher or excavator.

Keeping Them Alive

Keeping Them Alive

No contractor wants to make headlines because of a trench collapse. When a collapse results in the death of a laborer? That’s tragic, and the resulting fines and lawsuits could be enough to put even large contractors out of business.

But it doesn’t take a fatality for contractors to suffer a serious hit on

Efficiency Production Announces Rod Austin as Vice President of Sales

Efficiency Production Announces Rod Austin as Vice President of Sales

Efficiency Production, Inc., the country’s leading manufacturer of trench shielding and shoring equipment, is proud to announce the selection of Rod Austin as the company’s new Vice President of Sales. Since 2010, Austin has served Efficiency Production as the Senior Slide Rail Installer and Estimator in the company’s highly-regarded Special

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