Contractors should always prioritize employee safety in construction projects. For this reason, it’s important that they rent shoring equipment from a trusted shoring rental company.
One of the most important factors contractors should consider is whether or not the company provides equipment that complies with the standards set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). For example, according to the OSHA, before a contractor decides to rent shoring equipment, he must be allowed to inspect the equipment prior to, during, and immediately after concrete placement (regulation 1926.703(b)(3)). In addition, he must be able to check if:
- The equipment is damaged, as this can mean that its strength is reduced to less than what’s required by regulation 1926.703(a)(1) (regulation 1926.703(b)(2))
- Sills are sound, rigid, and capable of carrying the maximum intended load (regulation 1926.703(b)(5))
- The proposed design of the shoring was prepared by a qualified designer. This should be followed by a detailed inspection of the assembled installation by an engineer qualified in structural design (regulation 1926.703(b)(8)(ii))
By making sure the chosen shoring rental service abides by these, among other OSHA regulations, contractors can better ensure safety onsite.