Shoring and shielding are both considered to be the safest and most economical methods of protecting workers from a cave-in at an excavation site. Whereas shields are used to protect workers from a cave-in at an excavation site, shores prevent cave-ins by supporting the walls of the trench with a system of hydraulic cylinders. There are some circumstances when one protection method is preferable over the other so when is it better to use shoring instead of shields?
There are certain applications where the versatility and flexibility of shoring makes it the ideal choice. Shores should be used instead of shielding for spot bracing. Shoring is superior to shielding when working around existing utilities, near curbs or sidewalks, or for any installation where a mini-excavator or backhoe will be used. Shores are also lightweight and easy to install so workers can safely and quickly install and remove the systems from above the trench, which makes it ideal when speed and efficiency are important. Because they are lightweight, workers need nothing more than a pickup truck to transport most shoring equipment.
These are just some of the benefits to using shoring instead of shielding. For more information, contact Neff Rental or call us at 888-709-6333. Neff has an extensive fleet of shoring equipment and extensions to cover most every job application. Neff can also train your personnel in the installation of shoring systems. We are ready to assist you with your equipment needs.