Installing and removing vertical hydraulic shores is safe and easy when done "topside" — outside the trench. Installing and removing vertical hydraulic shores is safe and easy when done “topside” — outside the trench.

Editors Note: We are currently in the middle of exploring the various methods and equipment you can use on excavation job sites to protect your workers from dangerous — and deadly — cave-ins. In this fifth installment, we look at installing and removing hydraulic shoring. All the information presented in this series is discussed in detail in TrenchSafety’s book, “Basic Principles of Working Safely in Trenches & Excavations,” available here from Amazon.com.

Installation and removal of vertical shores is quick and easy. The 3-minute video below demonstrates the proper procedures. Two specialized tools — the release tool and the removal hook — are a big help. Proper installation and removal techniques ensure that everything is done “topside” — outside the trench — before workers enter the trench.

Another Frequently Asked Question . . .

Q – What are air shores? — A: Air shores are popular with fire and rescue departments, for use in trench rescues. The principles are the same as with hydraulic systems, except that air is used to pressurize the cylinders (instead of hydraulic fluid.) Air shores are seldom used in construction.

In our next installment we will begin an in-depth look at trench shields, and the many configurations that are available for specific job requirements.

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Editors Note: Over the next few months, we will explore the various methods and equipment you can use on excavation job sites to protect your workers from dangerous — and deadly — cave-ins. In this fourth installment, we look at how to safely handle and inspect vertical hydraulic shores. All the information presented in this series is discussed in detail in TrenchSafety’s book, “Basic Principles of Working Safely in Trenches & Excavations,” available here from Amazon.com.

Handling Vertical Shores: You Must Be CAREFUL to Avoid Injury

When you are working with vertical shores, there are proper and safe ways to handle them to avoid injury and make them easier to deal with. This short video points out the best ways to handle vertical shores.

The Proper Way To Inspect Vertical Shores

It is crucial that the “Competent Person” on a trenching or excavation site job site completes a thorough inspection of each hydraulic vertical shore BEFORE it is put into service. This short video demonstrates the important inspection steps.

The next installment (in a couple of weeks) will present a video that demonstrates the best and safest method for installing and removing vertical hydraulic shores.

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  Editors Note: Over the next few months, we will explore the various methods and equipment you can use on excavation job sites to protect your workers from dangerous — and deadly — cave-ins. In this third installment, we look at hydraulic shoring. All the information presented in this series is discussed in detail in [...]

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