Health and Safety
The health and wellbeing of our customers is at the heart of everything we do at Trenchmate. This priority stretches all the way from design, through to construction, testing, usage and maintenance. With over two decades of use, testing and real-world feedback, our shields have evolved to now sit as the strongest, safest, most user-friendly and safe shields on the market.
Trenchmate strongly believes trenching related accidents and tragedies can be prevented and we are leading the charge to stop them with better practice and design.
The design of our shields prioritises strength and safety. We use aluminium to help reduce weight where appropriate but still maintain a strong focus on strength and safety. From Trenchmate’s towing and lifting lugs, to shackles supplied, to extra-strong connection and attachment bolts and pins, Trenchmate does not sacrifice safety.
Trenchmate’s build quality is first rate. Made on-site at our custom-built factory, our products are built to last and continue providing quality shoring for years to come.
As a safeguard, Trenchmate has developed and built an in-house hydraulic press to physically test any new concept shields and existing shields to make sure they are still fit for purpose. We use this to place our trench shields under huge loads in the most extreme scenario. Other suppliers just run the numbers, rather than physically testing the products.
All Trenchmate shields are designed and tested to the AS4744.1.2000 & AS5047.2005 Standards. We give our shields both a Safe Working Load (SWL) rating and maximum load limit.
We run robust tests on our shields to ensure they not only meet the safety threshold but exceed it by at least 1.8 times.
We work with local health and safety experts to constantly develop tools and accessories to improve the safety of our shields as a whole.
We offer a range of accessories that help with on-site safety, including hand rails and safety barriers, which increase visibility and provide a physical barrier to protect people from falling in.
Trenchmate prides itself on having an exemplary health and safety record and we’re committed to helping your company meet its health and safety goals.