Trench Safety

"Technological breakthroughs are yielding new ways to secure trench walls. Innovations mean a greater likelihood of finding solutions that match specific operational and financial needs." Paul McDonnell, Sr. Vice President Trench Safety

What We Do Differently

United Rentals will help you find a customized, cost-effective rental solution for your specific excavation needs. With over 85 trench safety stores 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 plans, to 24/7 rapid onsite repairs, to your own dedicated account manager, we partner with you every step of the way to ensure your operations run smoothly and safely.

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 job site. 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.

In-House Engineering

When you need help planning and organizing your jobs, you can count on our experienced, registered Professional Engineers to help you design and implement the right trench safety solution.

United Rentals has the largest fleet of excavation shoring equipment in North America, as well as an expert staff to assist clients in determining the right shoring solutions for their projects.

Each member of the United Rentals Trench Safety Engineering Team is responsible for developing, designing and implementing site-specific shoring, shielding and other structural support systems for heavy construction trench and excavation projects nationwide. Engineers evaluate the site conditions and design safe, effective and structurally sound shoring systems that promote jobsite efficiency and practicality in the field.

Our engineers ensure that acceptable risk tolerances are maintained so that all systems comply with applicable engineering design standards and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations.

  • One stop shop for training, shoring design, equipment, expertise
  • Registered in 48 states
  • Turn around time on a stamped plan, once approved, is a minimal 3 business days
  • Engineers also design dewatering systems for the Pump Solutions Region
  • Highly experienced team assists with writing the codes for the shoring industry

Kissick Turns to Slide Rail Trench System to Work Tight Spots in Kansas City: Case Study

Trench Products

With our advanced, cost-effective trench products for rent, you can select the most secure excavation method for your project and provide superior protection for your crew.

  • Trench Shoring
  • Trench Shielding
  • Engineered Systems
  • Lasers and Optical Instruments
  • Confined Spaces Safety Equipment
  • Bedding Boxes
  • Road Plates
  • Traffic Safety
  • Manhole and Pipe Testing Equipment

Trench Shoring

Aluminum Hydraulic Shores

This shoring solution offers maximum versatility and is ideal for working in complex conditions, especially around existing utilities and structures.

Aluminum Hydraulic Boxes

Aluminum hydraulic shields combine the benefit of aluminum hydraulic shoring with the solid wall security of a static shield.

End Shores

Manhole Bracing

Combining the benefts of aluminum hydraulic shoring with the ruggedness of steel box tubing, excavation braces are specifically designed for shoring square and rectangular excavations.

Waler Systems

If your site has unstable soil conditions, walers off 100% above-ground installation to keep workers out of unshored trenches while maximizing workspace and clearnace in your open bays.

 

Trench Shielding

Aluminum Trench Shields

Aluminum shields or trench boxes are perfect for smaller jobs, providing exceptional strength and as little as half the weight of steel trench shields. Our comprehensive line includes popular shields as well as heavy-duty models.

Aluminum Build-a-Box / Modular Aluminum Panel Shields (MAPS)

This modular system can be assembled in minutes and is designed to change the site requirements. Available in range of one to four side panel configurations, with adjustable spreaders.

Manhole Shields

Ideal for deeper jobs, the square manhole configuration is available in single or double-walled models.

Steel Trench Shields

Ideal for sewer and pipeline work, our steel trench shields and steel manhole shields feature double-walled construction for greater sidewall security and optimum strength-to-weight ratios.

Arch Spreaders

Get maximum clearance for bore-pits and large-diameter pipes with our easy-to-install arch spreaders, available in a full range of widths.

Round Manguards

Specifically designed for personal protection during manhole installation and repair work. The corrugated steel design provides for a light weight yet strong option for this type of work.

Guard Rail

A safe and effective way to protect the perimeter for your excavation. Our guard rail installs to the wall of your shoring system quickly and easily using screw clamps.

Trench Ladders

OSHA standards require a safe means of access and egress for emplyees working in trench excavations. Our trench ladders satisfy these requirements and can be installed quickly by clamping down onto the walls of the trench protective system

Engineered Systems

Beam & Plate Shoring

Beam and plate systems offer a unique cost-effective alternative to customary sheet-piling methods. Ideal for longer term excavations, the system is installed faster than traditional steel sheeting at a fraction of the cost, while providing you with the necessary work space.

Steel Sheeting & Bracing

Interlocking or overlapping steel sheeting is the preferred system for very loose or saturated soil conditions. We stock a variety of profiles in different shapes, thickness and lengths for use in a variety of situations based on engineering design.

Mega Brace

This state-of-the-art bracing technology uses hydraulically adjustable legs for multi-sided excavations. Designed for heavy-duty applications, it's quick and easy to install, eliminating the need for beam cutting and welding.

Guard Rail

A safe and effective way to protect the perimeter of your excavation. Our guard rail installs to the wall of your shoring system quickly and easily using screw clamps.

Trench Ladders

OSHA standards require a safe means of access and egress for employees working in trench excavations. Our trench ladders satisfy these requirements and can be installed quickly by clamping down onto the walls of a trench protective system.

Lasers and Optical Instruments

  • Pipe lasers
  • Rotating lasers
  • Theodolites
  • Line Transfer Units
  • Auto Levels

Confined Space Safety Equipment

Gas Monitors

Our reliable single and multi gas detectors offer a comprehensive range of innovative features and functions depending on your needs, as well as state-of-the-art real time monitoring systems and alerts.

Tripod & Winch

We offer complete, quick-activating retrieval rescue systems with emergency hoists and tripods that vie you a 4:1 mechanical advantage for an average speed of 25' per minute when time is of the essence.

Davit Arms

A Davit Arm is a perfect option for safe confined space entry/rescue when a standard tripod cannot be used. The adjustable offset davit mast and clamping base is ideal for shoring applications.

Ventilator (Gas/Electric)

Our high-performance ventilation systems provide up to 12,000 cfm of fresh air and remove toxic gases from the confined and large spaces, including pipelines, tunnels, waste water treatment facilities and buildings under construction/demolition.

Guard Rail

A safe and effective way to protect the perimeter of your excavation. Our guard rail installs to the wall of your shoring system quickly and easily using screw clamps.

Trench Ladders

OSHA standards require a safe means of access and egress for employees working on trench excavations. Our trench ladders satisfy these requirements and can be installed quickly by clamping down onto the walls of a trench protective system.

Bedding Boxes

Our bedding containers are specially designed with tapered ends to improve the removal of bedding material and give your excavator operators better control.

Road Plates

Variety of plate sizes available to fit your needs. All plates are made from ASTM-36 steel to ensure safety and durability. All plates are outfitted with either a quick connect lifter or screw-in style lifter, leaving no protrusions above the plate surface.

Traffic Safety

  • Jersey Barriers, Water filled barriers, K Rail
  • Traffic signs
  • Barricades
  • Cones
  • Arrowboards

Manhole and Pipe Testing Equipment

Pipe Testing Equipment

  • Adjustable Mandrels / Deflection Gauges
  • Hydrostatic Test Pump
  • Joint Testers
  • Parachutes
  • Pipe plugs
  • Ripcord
  • Rope Reels
  • Smoke Blower
  • Test Panel
  • Triple Hose / Triple hose reel

Vacuum Testing Equipment

  • Vac Test Pump
  • Vac Generator
  • Vac Tops