Trench Safety & Shoring (197)

As North America’s largest supplier of specialized trench safety rental products and safety training, United Rentals is your single source for advanced, cost-effective trench safety rentals. From trench shielding and hydraulic shoring to bedding containers, we have the trench products you need to keep your crew safe underground. We also offer a full supply of confined space safety equipment, including gas monitors/detectors, confined space retrieval systems and confined space blowers.

United Rentals is more than just products. Our registered professional engineers can help from design planning to on-site consultation. We can build site-specific engineered trenching systems using our rental equipment or customer-owned equipment. Plus, our safety training classes will keep your crew up to speed on the latest safety regulations and techniques. Download our helpful guide on Trench Safety and please contact us to learn how United Rentals can help you.

FAQs about Trench Safety & Shoring

What is a trench box?

  • A trench box is a protective system designed to protect workers from the pressure and weight of the soil in the event of a cave-in. Trench boxes can also be called trench shields or trench sheets.

What three things make a confined space?

  • The three things that define a confined space are limited or restricted means of entry or exit, the space is not intended for continuous human occupancy, and the space is large enough for a human to enter and conduct work.

Who is considered a competent person for trench safety?

  • OSHA defines a competent person as "one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them."

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