Whether you are a utility, sewer, or construction employer whose job sites require some sort of
trench digging and excavation, the reality is that the trenches your operators are working in are a major
hazard and a potential fatality risk, no matter how small the job may be. In fact, the fatality risk for
excavation work is 112% higher than that of construction work. Yes, that’s right. A worker has a better
chance of careening through tons of steel and power equipment and tools unscathed than digging in the
dirt and being suffocated. And unless your trench is professionally designed and approved by an
engineer, there is no guarantee that your worker will be safe from a potential cave in of crushing force.
However, working with engineers can be costly and time consuming—especially just for smaller and
quick jobs to repair lines — delaying the start or completion of a project. This is where the Smartshore,
Inflatable Trench can literally save your project productivity, but more importantly, a life.
Since 2016, when trenching deaths almost doubled, OSHA fines for trenching violations were
estimated to be anywhere from $37,000 to over $140,000. But, that is nothing compared to the price a
company pays when they lose an employee to a preventable trenching accident. The Smartshore is an
excavation support system that is OSHA compliant and can be installed in a trench in less than 20
minutes and requires no lifting gear— and given the lightness and low footprint, can be transported
easily between sites. This system reinforces the walls of the trenches and ensures the complete safety of
the laborer, and the operations of the project. While you may be thinking your current shoring
equipment is just fine, this new technology can replace the use of your current shoring equipment which
can be bulky, burdensome, and time consuming to install. The design of inflatable shields (which, yes,
are tear and impact resistant), guarantee the maximum level of safety in case of landslip, retaining earth
to provide the operator time to escape to above ground. With this kind of ground-breaking trench
innovation, there is no excuse not to be using it to save yourself time, money, a headache from OSHA,
and your workers’ lives.
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