United Rentals carries a wide selection of trench boxes for rent. In case of a trench collapse, trench boxes (a type of trench shield) are designed to protect workers within the trench. Our trench box sizes range from 4 feet by 8 feet to 10 feet by 24 feet, with up to a 6-inch wall thickness or knife edge. Our steel trench shields are ideal for sewer and pipeline work and feature double-walled construction for greater sidewall security and optimum strength-to-weight ratios. United Rentals trench experts are on hand to help you find the right trench boxes, shields or shoring for rent to fit your project and keep your employees safe. For more information, one of our trench experts provides five key questions to ask yourself when deciding How to Choose the Right Trench Protective System. Browse our inventory below to find the best quality trench shield rental for your next shoring project.
FAQs About Trench Boxes and Shields
What is a trench box?
- A trench box is a protective system made with sturdy material that you use inside a confined space to protect workers against cave-ins or trench collapses. Providing reliable stability in a trench gives your crew peace of mind while completing work safely.
Does confined space entry training expire?
- Yes. Confined space entry certification expires after two years. However, United Rentals recommends that you do the training on an annual basis. For more information on confined space training, browse Permit-Required Confined Space: Attendant.
When do you need a trench box?
- A trench box must be used when a confined space is 5 feet or greater in –depth. It must extend 18 inches above the surface, and it must be no greater than 2 feet from the bottom. For further guidance on trench box use, read 7 Tips for Renting a Trench Box.