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United Rentals

Trench Safety

Safety powered by productivity

Contact a Trench Safety expert today.

What United Rentals Trench Safety does differently

United Rentals will help you find a customized, cost-effective rental solution for your specific excavation needs. With over 92 Trench Safety locations and the largest fleet of shoring and underground excavation rental equipment in North America, we make sure you get what you need, when you need it, on time and on budget.

Our comprehensive support program is here to guide you from start to finish. From experienced in-house Registered Professional Engineers (RPEs) who help design your plan, to your own dedicated account manager, we partner with you every step of the way to ensure your operations run smoothly and safely.

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Trench Safety Stand Down Week: June 17-21, 2024

A safety stand down is an opportunity to pause and focus solely on the topic of safety. Trench Safety Stand Down Week is a nationwide initiative to reinforce the importance of working safely in and around trenches and excavations. TSSD started with NUCA (National Utility Contractors Association), and United Rentals has been a critical partner for several years, leveraging our team of trench safety experts for in-person and online learning sessions across the country. 

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Introducing the Engineered Systems Project Brief

Streamline your project needs by filling out the United Rentals Engineered Systems Project Brief, providing the opportunity for more detailed information to get you what you need more efficiently.


Reliable Trench Safety systems

With our advanced, cost-effective trench products, you can select the most secure excavation method for your project.

Trench Shielding
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Trench Shielding

Our comprehensive trench shielding line includes popular shields as well as heavy-duty models.

Trench Shoring
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Trench Shoring

United Rentals maintains the largest inventory of trench shoring rental equipment in the industry.

Engineered Systems
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Engineered Systems

Our in-house engineering department provides custom underground solutions that fit your project and budget.

Road Plates
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Road Plates

United Rentals carries a wide range of road plate sizes.

Infrastructure Testing Equipment
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Infrastructure Testing Equipment

We cover all needs for infrastructure testing, blocking and deflection equipment to make sure lines pass inspection and meet owner requirements. 

Composite Ground Protection Mats
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Composite Ground Protection Mats

Create a strong, durable, uniform surface for access in special environments, stabilization for heavy equipment or simple ground protection.



Trench Safety Events

Trench Safety Events

TSSD Webinar: Understanding Trench Safety Essentials

This webinar addresses commonly misunderstood aspects of trench safety. We will cover the 20' rule, limitations of protective systems, trench shield usage, and more. Equip yourself with essential knowledge to ensure safe excavation practices and enhance safety during Trench Safety Stand Down Week.

Session Date and Times: 

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET Register 
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET Register 




Explore our Trench Safety industry expertise

Explore our products and solutions by industry.

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Engineering Services

Our dedicated engineering department creates custom underground solutions that fit your project and budget. Our innovative, efficient solutions will help save you time and money over traditional shoring techniques.

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Trench Safety through Training

As the nation’s largest provider of Trench Safety training programs, our certified trainers have real trench experience and know the local, state, provincial and federal regulatory issues that affect your jobsite. You can choose from professional training courses offered online, onsite, or at one of our local store locations including excavation for competent person instruction, confined space entry training, safety and fall protection, site-specific regulatory compliance and operator certifications for equipment.


More about Trench Safety

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Webinars & Videos
Internal Excavation Support: Hydraulic Bracing and Struts

United Rentals Trench Safety presents an overview of manufacturer’s tabulated data highlighting important elements and providing tips for working within tab data requirements and recommendations for what to do when conditions change.

Understanding Manufacturer's Tabulated Data

United Rentals Trench Safety presents an overview of manufacturer’s tabulated data highlighting important elements and providing tips for working within tab data requirements and recommendations for what to do when conditions change.

Understanding the Confined Space Standard for the Construction, Power and Telecommunication Industries

United Rentals shares its knowledge on the newest confined space standard, with added information on how power, electrical and telecommunication workers should test and then manage hazards found in confined or enclosed spaces. While construction, power and telecom do have unique OSHA rules, this session will help you understand what will cause a normally harmless space to be potentially considered as a permit-required confined space.

Increasing Productivity: Underground Storage Tank Shoring

The United Rentals Trench Safety Team discuss ways to increase productivity in underground storage tank shoring applications including shoring types and differences, geotechnical considerations, installation procedures, and the economics of shored versus open-cut installations.

Trench Safety E-book
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Download United Rental's Guide to Trench Safety

Working in trenches and other excavations is one of construction’s most dangerous activities, but there are safety precautions and regulations in place to make most trench accidents preventable.

United Rentals presents a Guide to Trench Safety to put the real consequences of trench and excavation accidents into perspective — and to serve as an overview to help you create a strong culture of trench and excavation safety.

Download our e-book and contact a United Rental's Trench Safety expert today to learn how we can help you.

Case Studies
Slide Rail Trench System
Kissick Case Study

Slide Rail Trench System

Kissick turns to slide-rail trench systems to work tight spots in Kansas City.

Maryland Light Rail Construction
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Maryland Light Rail Construction

For contractors building a massive, high-profile public project in a busy urban environment, every day and every dollar counts.

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