The Benefits and Uses of Manhole Shields

Working on manhole projects can be an aggravating. However, using a manhole shield can help solve many of the problems that come up when working on this type of trench project.

For instance, when a sewer pipe needs to be installed, a manhole will need to be dug, and the pipe needs to be able to pass through it easily. For it to correctly installed, any type of trench shielding needs to be wider than a standard pipe. As a result, there tends to be a lot of exposed trench at the end of the “trench box.”


This is where a Manhole Shield is perfect for certain applications, such as pipe taps, point repairs, point inspections, and junction box installations.

The Benefits of Manhole Shields

Simply put, manhole shields help maintain a safe working environment for workers. It provides safety in a number of ways. For instance, it is specifically designed to offer protection on the third and fourth sides of a trench or excavation.

Another way in which manhole shields are beneficial is that they protect the worker while he is working on the project. Working in any kind of trench is accompanied by the risk of injury, as a dangerous situation can easily come up. Pipework can be a dangerous task, but fitting a manhole shield around the work area is an easy way to avoid accidents and injuries.

Uses of Manhole Shields

Manhole shields are designed to be used in two, three, or four sided configurations with an independent spreader system. They are specially designed for tie-ins, manhole installations, and repair work. In addition, they are available in 4′, 6′, and 8′ heights and either come with solid sides or cut outs at the bottom. For unique applications, they can be stacked in combination with Flex-Shield boxes.

Custom Trench Shielding and Shoring Equipment

At Luby Shoring, we provide a wide selection of standard and custom trench shielding and shoring options. Our equipment is cost effective, safe and versatile, relied upon by underground utility professionals, municipalities and private contractors. All of our products are Professional Engineer certified to help you meet OSHA’s excavation and trench safety standards.

Call us today at (636) 660-7467 or fill out our contact form for further information.


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