Trench shoring involves installing equipment or material to prevent a cave-in or collapse. These incidents pose the most significant safety risks to workers at an excavation site. When performed correctly and safely, a trench shoring operation can minimize the chances of worker falls, collapsing soil and accidents involving heavy equipment.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), trenches 5 feet deep or more require a shielding or shoring system unless the excavation is entirely within a stable rock area. If the trench is less than 5 feet deep, a qualified worker may determine whether a protective system is unnecessary.
Although people unfamiliar with trenching operations often interchange the terms shielding and shoring, there are significant differences. Excavation shoring utilizes equipment and materials to prevent the walls from collapsing. In contrast, shielding systems use a shield or box to protect workers in case of a collapse.
Shoring requires using plates, boards or other bracing equipment against the excavation walls and applying pressure with a post, screw jack or hydraulic cylinder to create stability. Specific types of shoring include:
At Sage Rental Services, our experts understand the importance of trench shielding and shoring in every excavation project. That’s why we offer an extensive selection of trench safety systems at our many convenient locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Contact us online today to learn more about how our products can benefit your trenching operation.