Reduce your diesel fuel costs. Safely and carefully installing and moving trench shields is paramount. Steel shields can be heavy, and that means there is a high potential for danger. Aluminum shields are considerably lighter, but can be easily damaged by excavation equipment.

Using a Steel Trench Shield

There are a several techniques for using steel trench shields.

In stable soil, there are two steps:

  • Excavate in front of the shield.
  • Place excavator bucket around front spreader or use a chain/sling with pulling lugs, being careful not to damage the spreader or the collar. Pull the shield forward. Then promptly back fill behind the shield.Moving_Steel_Shield_1

In unstable soil, there are a few more steps:

  • Excavate a pilot hole as deep as possible. Set the shield in position.
  • Excavate inside the shield.
  • Continue digging, allowing the shield to descend as soil is removed. Use the bucket to push down on the shield. But don’t beat on the shield!
  • To move forward, place excavator bucket around the front spreader, being careful not to damage the spreader or the collar. Pull upward and forward at a 45-degree angle.Moving_Steel_Shield_2
  • Excavate inside of the shield and repeat the previous steps.Moving_Steel_Shield_3

Using an Aluminum Trench Shield

Because of the typical applications for aluminum shields, and the fact that aluminum is a softer metal, use of an aluminum shield is different. Typically, the hole is dug and the aluminum shield is set in place. When the work is complete, and it’s time to move the shield, the shield is lifted out of the hole and set in its new position.

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trenchshield. The side
panels, which are
available in a variety
of sizes to match
the requirements
of a wide range
of jobs, are
pinned together.




In our next installment — Part 5, coming in a couple of weeks — we’ll look at how to unload, assemble, disassemble, and reload trench shields.

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TrainingClassNew Class Schedule for 2014-2014

Below is new our class schedule for 2014-2015. There are lots of dates and locations to make it convenient for you and your crews. And, we are now offering classes in Nashville!

Fees REDUCED for All 2014 Classes!

You can SIGN UP for our popular courses, now at REDUCED FEES! All classes in 2014 are only $79 per person for a full day of learning, and that includes LUNCH. Each participant receives a valuable take-home Manual, and a Certificate of Completion and Wallet Card.

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“Competent Person” Classes

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2014 “Competent Person” Classes . . .
Only $79 per person

• Tues., Oct. 14 — Nashville
• Tues., Oct. 21 — Memphis
• Tues., Oct. 28 — North Little Rock
• Wed., Nov. 5 — Philadelphia, Miss. — This class is during the 2014 Mississippi Damage Prevention Summit. NOTE: Registration is being handled directly by the Mississippi Summit. CLICK HERE to sign up.
• Tues., Dec. 2 — Nashville

2015 “Competent Person” Classes . . .

• Tues., Jan. 20 — Memphis
• Tues., Jan. 27 — North Little Rock
• Tues., Feb. 10 — Nashville
• Tues., Feb. 17 — Memphis
• Tues., Feb. 24 — North Little Rock
• Tues., Mar. 17 — Nashville
• Tues., Mar. 24 — North Little Rock
• Tues., Mar. 31 — Memphis
• Tues., May 5 — Nashville

Confined Space Classes

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2014 Confined Space Classes . . .
Only $79 per person

• Tues., Nov. 11 — Memphis
• Tues., Nov. 25 — Nashville
• Tues., Dec. 9 — North Little Rock

2015 Confined Space Classes . . .

• Tues., April 14 — Nashville
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• Tues., April 28 — Memphis

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Contractor Indicted for Manslaughter in Trench-Collapse Death

September 2, 2014

Cave-ins occur with regularity. And when a collapse results in injury or death to workers, the consequences can be costly — financially and psychologically. There can be fines, penalties, lost work and downtime, and untold distress to everyone touched by the incident — families, co-workers, and friends. And sometimes criminal charges are filed against company [...]

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