United Rentals Introduces Nationwide Trench Safety Training for Customers

Greenwich, CT -


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced that Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training will be offered at more than 60 United Rentals Trench Safety branches beginning on Friday, December 1, 2007. Conducted by professional trainers in compliance with federal requirements, the classes will be held on the first Friday of every month.

The expanded training platform gives United Rentals customers broader access to Excavation Competent Person instruction that satisfies Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. The program teaches OSHA Excavation Standard Subpart P referencing proper soil test procedures, different types of protective systems and provides guidance on how to take control of hazardous conditions. In the United States, OSHA mandates that every excavation project have a trained "competent person" on site to oversee safe work practices.

Paul McDonnell, vice president - trench safety, pump and power region for United Rentals, said, "As the leading provider of trench safety equipment and services, it makes sense for us to step up and take the lead in customer training. Excavation jobsites can pose unique dangers to untrained workers. All of our instructors have trench site experience so they can speak knowledgeably about effective safety measures and regulatory expectations."

United Rentals' Excavation Competent Person training is part of a broader curriculum for customers that include safety and fall protection, site-specific regulatory compliance, confined space training, and operator certifications for equipment such as aerial lifts, loaders, backhoes, forklifts and cranes. More information is available at unitedrentals.com.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 760 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,900 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 20,000 classes of rental equipment with a total original cost of $4.2 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.


Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318 
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Nicole Salas
Manager, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7246
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