Shoring and Excavating Tips

Shoring and Excavating Tips

Underground contractual work brings with it an inherit number of risks, most importantly the welfare of the men and women “in the trenches” doing the work. With approximately 60 deaths a year associated with this line of work, it is incumbent upon all responsible parties to be willing to go to any lengths to secure the safety of the men and women performing the necessary tasks involved with excavation and shoring. Let’s take a look at some business tips that will ensure your excavation and shoring work is handled in an efficient and effective manner, with the safety of all involved the most critical aspect.


Are you planning on executing excavations for sewer lines, water mains, tank installation, or a lift? These are just a sampling of the circumstances that a company such as ICON can be of invaluable service to ensure your excavation and shoring efforts go off as safely and professionally as possible with their effective “Slide Rail” design entrenching tool. Underground work is dangerous, so why not take every preventable step along the way seeking business tips to not only have a safe working environment but also have a seamless and efficient use of the valuable labour dollars being spent.

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Conditions that must be met and overcome with underground work include but are not limited to cold, snow, sleet, rain, heat, and humidity. It only makes sense to be certain to have the right safety gear for the job to meet these conditions, and companies such as Ritz Safety offer the contractor a wide array of safety gear options to choose from including eye and ear protection, head gear, heat gear, rain protection, and a wide variety of signage.

With the nature of underground work, as has already been stated and is obvious to most, comes the inherent risks. The responsibilities that come with being a contractor are diverse and it is so easy to get caught up in the latest challenge presented, be it a billing error, labour hour disputes, weather difficulties, material delays, and the like. One area that cannot be short changed is the safety of all involved for all the obvious reasons. Sites such as OSHA offer the contractor numerous downloadable PDF files concerning areas such as “Trenching and Excavation Safety” and “Working Safely in Trenches”. Important to note that many of these PDF files are available in Spanish, so that our friends who may not be fluent in the English language can be educated and informed in these critical areas.

Hopefully these business tips will prove worthwhile to the contractor who is planning the next job where shoring and excavating will be necessary. A little time spent researching and educating oneself before the deadlines loom can prove invaluable in all areas, certainly not to mention one’s ability to manage a project efficiently and effectively.

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