Mabey Hire, the temporary works specialist, announce the expansion of its Lightweight Shoring range, offering utility companies and contractors a complete, comprehensive range of temporary support equipment designed specifically for shallow trenching works.
While shallow trench jobs may be small, it’s still vital that site workers have the equipment required to deliver the project both safely and efficiently, with minimal fuss. Recognising this need for lightweight shoring equipment, Mabey Hire has expanded its existing product range. Joining the MAP Box is the brand-new Vertishore, as well as the improved Aluminium Waler system, providing installers and contractors with all the options they need for any site application.
Mabey Hire’s aluminium Vertishore is a pre-assembled, 2-sided vertical hydraulic waler system. It is ideal for use in self-supporting ground up to 2m where services are present, such as pipe maintenance or small connection works. The product comprises two aluminium rails supported against the trench walls by a pair of hydraulic rams, which are easily expanded and adjusted using a manually operated hand pump.
Designed to be as lightweight as possible, Vertishore is easy to handle and manoeuvre, able to be installed by just one or two people from above ground, with no need for workers to enter an unsecured trench. It is also compact and foldable, making it ideal for areas where access is restricted, enabling it to be easily carried on to site if required, as well as making transportation and storage more straightforward.
Mabey Hire’s comprehensive product range also includes the improved Aluminium Waler system, designed to provide 2-way support to trenches with widths from 657mm to 4317mm. The system has a load capacity of up to 80kN/m2 and is suitable for use in poorer quality ground, such as trenches where ground water is present. What’s more, the updates include improvements to Mabey Hire’s End Units, which can now be used with all their Aluminium Walers, creating 4-sided support when trench ends have not been battered back.
Following customer feedback and recognising on-site challenges, Mabey Hire has made a number of modifications to its fleet of aluminium walers, ensuring the range offers customers enhanced flexibility and meets the needs of the most common installation practices within the industry. For example, the walers can now be suspended from one another via restraint chains, making installation and removal far easier.
Also featured in Mabey Hire’s range of groundworks support equipment for Lightweight Shoring is the MAP Box, a modular and customisable system where panels can be removed to accommodate existing services.
Speaking on the expanded product range, Sarah Lockhart, Product Marketing Executive at Mabey Hire said: “We know that when it comes to shallow trench support, whether that’s aiding emergency pipe repairs, investing in utility infrastructure or laying new services on a road or housing development, we need to have equipment that aids the safe and efficient delivery of the works. A key part of this is having equipment that can adapt to on-site conditions and is easy to manoeuvre.
“For all of these reasons, we’re excited to be able to re-introduce our comprehensive Lightweight Shoring range, providing our customers with the equipment they need to get the job done safely. We know no two trenches are the same; because of this we’ve developed the kit so it can easily be adjusted to fit the trench in question.”
Mabey Hire’s complete Lightweight Shoring range is available from all its 16 UK-wide depots. The Lightweight Shoring range forms part of the temporary works supplier’s wider offering for groundworks support schemes, with trench boxes, hydraulic bracing frames and excavation safety equipment.