The goal with every job is to save time and money while maintaining a safe work environment. One simple way to accomplish both efficiency and safety is in the selection of tools used to generate lateral stability.
Lateral stability refers to the capability of an object to bear a load while still maintaining its original structure. Lateral stability is achieved by using bracing specifically designed to help lateral loads resist external forces. As inadequate bracing was found to be one of the leading causes of shoring failure in a 2014 study*, the importance of selecting the proper tools to generate lateral stability cannot be overstated.
TITAN identified the need for its lateral stability initiatives after discovering that there are few tools in the construction world that serve to effectively brace shoring. With the mission to save clients time and money while upholding safety standards in mind, TITAN’s R&D team introduced the Column Lock, the Drophead Clamp and the Universal Wedge Clamp.
The Column Lock is a lightweight aluminum angle designed to anchor the TITAN HV shoring deck to the columns, minimizing bulky, obstructive x-bracing and cutting down on both costs and labor for customers.
Alternatively, if x-bracing is the preferred method of stabilization on a job, the Drophead Clamp would be of great value. Whereas two builders and a ladder or scissor lift would normally be required to install bracing, the Drophead Clamp allows for one person to perform the entire installation from the ground.
Lastly, there is the Universal Wedge Clamp, a one-size-fits-all tool that brings simplicity to the process of bracing. As the name suggests, this wedge clamp is designed to fit all steel shores and most industry aluminum shores.
With these developments, and more in the pipeline, always expect TITAN to put the safety and efficiency of customers first. In the constantly-evolving world of construction, we will continue to search for ways to improve current processes in order to better equip builders to succeed.
*(Citation: An Analysis of Formwork Failures and Effectiveness of Safety Volume III, Issue XII, December 2014 Page 51, Para. 1)