Tag: trench shield

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.

Slide Rail Rules!

Slide Rail Rules!

Often touted as the most flexible shoring system available, the slide-rail system is a vertical sheeting and trench support system that allows an excavation to be safely and economically shored from ground level to subgrade without any soil movement. Arguably, the slide-rail system has become the preferred shoring method for

Trench Shield, Box, and Shoring in a Variety of Configurations

Trench Shield, Box, and Shoring in a Variety of Configurations

Jobsite-ready trench shields, trench boxes, and shoring systems are showcased in the following company profiles by author Daniel C. Brown in his feature-length article, “A Life or Death Matter.” Part 3 of this continuing series illustrates the products and services of trench safety companies with a focus upon product offerings,

Trench Protection Equipment, Services, and Professional Training

Trench Protection Equipment, Services, and Professional Training

In addition to accepted standards in trench protection, such as the trench box, trench equipment companies may also include safety training, along with the products and services that they provide. In this concluding segment to his feature article, “A Life or Death Matter,” author Daniel C. Brown highlights available shield,

Project Profile: Shoring Deep Inside—A Building Excavation

Project Profile: Shoring Deep Inside
—A Building Excavation

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

Trench Shields Continue to Foster Work-Site Safety

Trench Shields Continue to Foster Work-Site Safety

Trench shields and trench boxes remain OSHA-approved safety measures for worker protection on the jobsite. The applications and protection that such components provide are featured in the following article, “A Life or Death Matter” by Daniel C. Brown. Part 1 of his full-feature article on the multifaceted methods of trench

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