Join the TrenchSafety Team!

by David V. Dow on February 2, 2015


Two Openings NOW at TrenchSafety in Memphis

We have openings at our Memphis location for an Operations Manager (CLICK HERE for details about the Ops Manager position) and a Driver/Field Service Representative (CLICK HERE for details about the Driver/Field Rep position).

Send your cover letter and résumé to

TrenchSafety and Supply is a great place to work. Just ask any of our staff. Many have been with us for years, and we’d like to consider you for one of these two open positions.

But know this . . .

You will have to like solving customer problems. And you’ll need to have knowledge of the construction industry.

Working at TrenchSafety may be a little different from other places.

  • You can have voice in how we do things,
  • You’ll enjoy our relaxed, results-oriented atmosphere,
  • You’ll appreciate our “open book” management approach.
  • And that’s all just for starters.

Take a Look at TrenchSafety . . .

Adobe PDF CLICK HERE to download our “5 Great Reasons to Work at TrenchSafety” brochure.

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Trench Shields – Part 6: Four Key Points

by David V. Dow on January 12, 2015

4 Key Points To Remember About Trench Shields

Key Point #1 — Trench shields must be installed in excavations in such a way to prevent lateral (side-to-side) or hazardous movement. In some instances, it may be necessary to back fill around a shield to fill large voids between outside of the trench shield and the trench walls.

There was too much space between the outside of the trench shield and the walls of the excavation, so the contractor back-filled around the shield. Note also that the top of the shield is even with grade, not below it. Further, there is a means of access and egress for the workers, allowing them to remain in the protected area as they enter and exit the trench work area.


Key Point #2 — It is OK to slope above the shield, provided you meet the following requirements:

  • The shield is rated for the full depth of the excavation, and
  • The slope starts at least 18″ below the top of shield, and
  • The angle of slope is based upon the manufacturer’s tabulated data and OSHA standards.

Key Point #3 — It is also OK to excavate up to 2 feet below the inside of the shield, provided that:

  • The shield is rated for the full depth of the excavation, and
  • There aren’t any indications of possible collapse of soil from behind or below the bottom edge of the shield.

Key Point #4 — Workers are never allowed inside a trench shield when it is being installed, removed, or moved vertically.

Always Remember…

The best shoring and shielding systems are useless if workers stray outside them. Workers must remain INSIDE the protected area at all times!

Coming up . . .

In the coming weeks we will take a look at Slide Rail Systems and Site-Specific Engineered Solutions.

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Trench Shields – Part 5: Handling Large & Heavy Trench Shields

November 14, 2014

Trench Shield Components Can Be Dangerous Because of the size and weight of trench shields, the processes of unloading, assembling, disassembling, and loading them can be dangerous. It is imperative that: No person is ever underneath an overhead load. Everyone watches for pinch points that are created with spreaders, sidewalls, etc. A properly rated and inspected sling [...]

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