Steel Sheeting Guide Frame Used During Poured in Place Lift Station Project

July 16, 2021

The contractor had been tasked with pouring in place a 17-ft square, 17-ft tall lift station for a Northern Virginia power station. The contractor had classified the soil as Type C-60. To complete the project an excavation of 18-ft deep and 30-ft squared would be required. This allowed the contractor ...

Do It Your Way and Safe at the Same Time

June 8, 2021

I recently received a question regarding sloping at the open end of a trench shield that was being used on a pipeline project.  The manufacturer’s tabulated data was unclear on the issue and an inspector was requiring that the sloping adhere to the OSHA Appendix B for sloping and benching. ...

NUCA Promoting Sixth Annual Stand Down for Trench Safety

May 20, 2021

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is promoting a National Trench and Excavation Stand Down to raise awareness of the dangers in excavation work to prevent injuries and death related to these hazards. As proud partners of the NUCA, NTS is participating in this outreach program to support the industry ...

Composite Mats A Cost-Effective Solution

May 18, 2021

Composite mats are a cost-effective solution used to protect ground structures. LibertyMats® are made from 100% recycled high-density polyethylene and manufactured in the United States. Composite mats are designed with Chevron Traction textured grips making the mats slip-resistant. The design also incorporates handholes allowing two people to safely position the ...

Tailwind Capital Creates Pure-Play Trench Safety Platform

April 29, 2021

Tailwind Capital (“Tailwind”), a growth-oriented private equity firm, today announced that it has created a pure play platform in the trench safety solutions market through a merger of Tailwind portfolio companies National Trench Safety (“NTS”), Trench Plate Rental Company (“TPRC”), and Support of Excavation (“SOE”). The three companies are now ...

Beam and Plate with Double Static Brace Secures Site

April 29, 2021

As part of an upgrade at a sewer plant located in the Gulf region, a contractor was tasked to form and pour a new outfall wall. The contractor estimated a 40-ft long, 20-ft wide, and 30-ft deep excavation would be needed to construct the structure.  The excavation occurred in previously ...

National Trench Safety to Merge with Trench Plate Rental Company

March 29, 2021

Houston, TX – March 29, 2021 – National Trench Safety (“NTS”) and Trench Plate Rental Company (“TPRC”), two leading pure-play providers of trench safety solutions in the U.S., announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be majority-owned by Tailwind Capital. Terms of ...

Slide Rail & Steel Guide Frames a Trusted Site-Specific Solution

March 25, 2021

Not all underground excavation projects are equal, some require a more comprehensive approach involving a site-specific solution. For example, Site-specific engineered systems allow the contractor to modify existing trench safety protection to meet specific project parameters. Additionally, a site-specific engineered plan allows the contractor to utilize various combinations of trench ...

Beam & Plate Paired with System-80 Brace Struts Secures Site

March 25, 2021

As part of the multi-phased project in a major metro area of Oklahoma, a contractor was tasked with installing a 72-inch sewer line system to handle the area’s recent increase in footprint. The excavation required a linear run measuring 10-ft wide and a depth ranging from 22-ft to 26-ft. The ...

Trench Shields Combined with Sheeting Guide Frame Impresses Contractor

February 26, 2021

To accommodate a fast-growing suburb in North Texas a contractor was recently tasked with installing a new 8-inch gas main that would tie into an existing 24-inch gas main line. The contractor estimated that the required bore pit would roughly measure 24-ft long, 10-ft wide, and 18-ft deep in sandy ...