Smartshore trench pro­tec­tion sets up quickly to pro­tect work­ers

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH - De­tails: James Maslin – sales@air­springs.com.au

Dur­ing trench­ing or ex­ca­va­tion works on site, it is es­sen­tial to en­sure the safety of oper­a­tors.

Be­cause works of this type in­volve risks of col­lapse and burial, safety codes based on Aus­tralia’s na­tional model de­vel­oped by Safe Work Aus­tralia* typ­i­cally ap­ply to ex­ca­va­tion work, in­clud­ing bulk ex­ca­va­tions more than 1.5 me­tres deep, trenches, shafts and tun­nels.

Smartshore, a shoring sys­tem avail­able from Air Springs Sup­ply Pty Ltd, pro­vides a pneu­matic pro­tec­tion shield that is eas­ily and quickly set up to guard against cave-ins in a wide va­ri­ety of ex­ca­va­tion work.

This new tech­nol­ogy re­in­forces the walls of trenches and in ap­pro­pri­ate ap­pli­ca­tions can re­place the use of con­ven­tional shoring, which can be cum­ber­some to han­dle and in­stall, par­tic­u­larly for trenches of lim­ited depth , as well as in­volv­ing the trans­port of un­wieldy ma­te­rial to re­mote sites.

The Smartshore, sys­tem, man­u­fac­tured by the glob­ally re­spected Pronal elas­tomer en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, in­volves a twin-walled rubber-coated con­struc­tion, fin­ished by hot vul­can­i­sa­tion, and fea­tur­ing in­flat­able shields that are re­sis­tant to im­pacts, abra­sion and tear­ing.

The de­sign of in­flat­able shields and their ac­ces­sories al­lows the sys­tem to be in­stalled hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally, while op­ti­mis­ing safety, says Air Springs Sup­ply Na­tional Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager James Maslin, whose com­pany has been a na­tional leader in pneu­matic ac­tu­a­tion, iso­la­tion and sus­pen­sion for more than 30 years.

In­ter­na­tion­ally Smartshore, is de­signed for use in such ar­eas as build­ing and con­struc­tion; civil en­gi­neer­ing and earth­works, elec­tri­cal and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions; min­ing, en­ergy and pe­tro­leum sites; pipe­line in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance; road mak­ing; man­u­fac­tur­ing and food and bev­er­age and pri­mary pro­duc­tion pits and pipe­lines; plumb­ing and sew­er­age and wa­ter and waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture.

Statu­tory pro­vi­sions

“Nat­u­rally each in­dus­try in Aus­tralia must con­sider the statu­tory safety pro­vi­sions re­lat­ing to its unique work­place con­di­tions, but Smartshore, is a highly prac­ti­cal and ro­bust prod­uct en­gi­neered in re­sponse to a global safety is­sue re­lat­ing to ex­ca­va­tions in­clud­ing pits and trenches,” said Maslin.

“Pronal is al­ready re­spected glob­ally as an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany for its ex­ten­sive ranges of en­vi­ron­men­tal and work­place pro­tec­tion prod­ucts, in­clud­ing tough in­flat­able elas­tomer pipe stop­pers used to pre­vent pol­lu­tion and to pro­tect staff dur­ing pipe­line in­spec­tion and main­te­nance.”

Smartshore, cush­ions are equipped with han­dling straps, a quick air con­nec­tor and a safety valve to avoid the risk of burst­ing. Their ad­van­tages in­clude: • High re­sis­tance con­struc­tion with anti-burst de­sign*. • Re-us­able, easy main­te­nance • Easy han­dling and set-up. Each cush­ion weighs only 13kg. • Flex­i­ble and fold­able.

Air vol­ume re­quired is 400/660 litres with a max­i­mum pres­sure of 650 mbar. In­flated by stan­dard work­place com­pres­sors – or from com­pressed air/gas cylin­ders at re­mote lo­ca­tions – the stan­dard prod­uct is com­ple­mented by an in­fla­tion line with safety valve for quick cou­pling and a ven­ture for quicker de­fla­tion.

*Such work is con­sid­ered to be high risk con­struc­tion work for which a safe work method state­ment must be pre­pared, ac­cord­ing to the re­cently pub­lished Ex­ca­va­tion Work Code of Prac­tice of WorkCover NSW, which is based on the na­tional code.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.