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Air Springs Supply introduces inflatable Pronal protection shields to protect workers in pits and trenches

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article image The SmartShore® shield guards against cave-ins during excavation work

Pneumatic actuation and isolation specialist Air Springs Supply has introduced into the Australian market, a unique pneumatic protection shield that can be easily and quickly set up to guard against cave-ins during excavations.
The SmartShore® kit from Pronal comprises of four cushions measuring 2000mm high and 1440mm wide, which are made from vulcanised rubber. Designed to secure excavations up to two metres deep, the abrasion-resistant SmartShore®cushions offer a safe alternative to existing wooden and metallic shoring devices, which can be difficult and time-consuming to set up, and are also cumbersome to transport, especially to remote sites.
Air Springs Supply National Sales and Marketing Manager Mr James Maslin explains that SmartShore® is a highly practical and robust product engineered in response to a global safety issue relating to excavations including pits and trenches. He adds that 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® pneumatic protection shields come equipped with handling straps, a quick air connector and a safety valve to avoid the risk of bursting. Air volume required is 400/660 litres with a maximum pressure of 650 mbar. Inflated by standard workplace compressors or using compressed air/gas cylinders at remote locations, the standard SmartShore® kit is complemented by an inflation line with a safety valve for quick coupling and a vent for quicker deflation.
Key features and advantages of SmartShore® pneumatic protection shields:

  • High resistance construction with anti-burst design
  • Reusable and easy to maintain
  • Lightweight at only 13kg per cushion – allows easy handling and setup
  • Flexible and foldable
The SmartShore® shield from Pronal was developed in response to European labour legislation requiring excavations deeper than 1.3m with vertical walls to be secured. Australian State and Industry Codes of Practice – evolved from the OH&S Act – govern excavation safety in this country, with different provisions applying to excavations typical in such areas as architecture, building and construction, 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 as well as water and wastewater infrastructure.

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