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Air Springs develops new quick installation trench protection system

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Air Springs Supply has introduced a new trench protection system designed for quick installation to ensure worker safety during trenching or excavation works on site.

Trenching and excavation works typically involve risks of collapse and burial. The recently published Excavation Work Code of Practice of WorkCover NSW, based on the national code developed by Safe Work Australia typically applies to excavation work, including bulk excavations more than 1.5 metres deep, trenches, shafts and tunnels.

SMARTSHORE, available from Air Springs Supply is a new trench shoring system that can be set up quickly to provide a pneumatic protection shield and guard against cave-ins during excavations. Based on a new technology, the system reinforces the walls of trenches and can replace the use of conventional shoring, which is not only cumbersome to handle and install, particularly for trenches of limited depth but also involves the transport of unwieldy material to remote sites.

Manufactured by Pronal, the globally renowned elastomer engineering company, the SMARTSHORE trench protection system features a twin-walled rubber-coated construction finished by hot vulcanisation, and inflatable shields resistant to impacts, abrasion and tearing. The inflatable shields and their accessories have been designed to allow the system to be installed horizontally or vertically, while optimising safety, says Air Springs Supply National Sales and Marketing Manager Mr James Maslin, whose company has been a national leader in pneumatic actuation, isolation and suspension for more than 30 years.

The SMARTSHORE system has been widely used across the world in areas such as building and construction; civil engineering and earthworks, electrical and telecommunications; mining, energy and petroleum sites; pipeline installation and maintenance; road making; manufacturing; food and beverage; primary production pits and pipelines; plumbing and sewerage; and water and waste water infrastructure.

Mr 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 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. Key advantages include high resistance construction with anti-burst design; reusable and easily maintained; easy handling and setup with each cushion weighing only 13kg; and flexible and foldable design.

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

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