Working with old buildings or in deep trenches can be very hazardous. Knowing how to make these situations safe is critical to the safety of everyone on the job site. If you are not sure how to properly support something you are working on but know it needs to be done, you can call in the services of a shoring engineer to help you.
What is Shoring
When you are working with an old building or structure that is at risk of collapse, you need to place supporting timbers or steel supports in to hold everything in place. The idea is to create a temporary framework that will make the structure safe to work in and around. Shoring can be temporary or permanently placed. Either way, if they are not placed properly they may collapse.
Hiring A shoring Engineer
If you are working on a project and you are unsure how to properly support the structure, you might want to hire an engineer to work out the design and positioning of the shoring material you will be using. The structure and the weight of what needs supporting will dictate what material you need. If the engineer says to use wood, use wood, but if he says the shoring must be steel, follow his guidelines and the job will be much safer for you and the work crews.
Alternative Shoring Needs
Besides buildings, tunnels and underground construction projects may also need shoring or supports built to ensure the crew stays safe. With underground projects, there is always a risk of sudden collapse that could be catastrophic to the crew and the project. Hiring an engineer to design all the shoring in this situating is almost expected. In fact, many of the companies that do this type of work have an engineer on staff so there is no need to bring one in from outside the company.
Creating A Safe Environment
The shoring is critical to any job that has a risk of collapse. It is the responsibility of the site engineer or shoring engineer to create a safe working environment for everyone on the site. No matter what the hazard, they engineering that goes into the shoring design can not be deviated from. The shoring crew will work very closely with the engineer to make sure they have every part of the design correct and if they run into a problem, they will consult with the engineer before making any adjustment to the design. When complete, the shoring will be the thing that makes the difference between a safe working environment and an accident waiting to happen. Contact a service, like Studio A Engineering, to get started.