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Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation Launches New Trench Safety Services Division

Park Ridge, NJ – Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) launches a new Trench Safety Services division, which expands the company’s equipment, products, and service offerings to support the safety of employees who work in excavations, utility installation and repair, and areas where shield or shoring protective systems are needed.

May 12, 2008

Park Ridge, NJ – Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) launches a new Trench Safety Services division, which expands the company’s equipment, products, and service offerings to support the safety of employees who work in excavations, utility installation and repair, and areas where shield or shoring protective systems are needed.

"Ensuring workplace safety is one of our customers' top priorities," says Gerry Plescia, President, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation. "A specialized Trench Safety Services division was a natural new business development for HERC as we strive to identify new areas in which our equipment, products and services can further support and promote clients’ business goals."

In addition to supplying products and equipment, HERC Trench Safety Services can help clients meet their safety training requirements. Through a Confined Space Safety program, HERC offers comprehensive training for clients who are new to confined space entry or need a review in safety training. The division also offers Excavation Safety and Competent Person Training classes recognized by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and will be taught locally by NUCA-trained instructors.

"The safety training component is an important part of what HERC Trench Safety Services can do to help our customers work safely, and both understand and minimize the hazards associated with utility and underground work," says Mark L. Turner, Director, Trench Safety Services, Southeast Region.

Additionally, each of Trench Safety Services’ branches has a team of trained specialists that work with sales staff—also trained—to troubleshoot clients’ excavation issues and help them develop safety-focused business solutions. Hertz can also provide to clients Site Specific Shoring Plans sealed/stamped by a registered/licensed Professional Engineer.

HERC Trench Safety currently has branches in Atlanta, Orlando, Jacksonville, Pompano Beach, Ft. Myers, and Tampa, FL; Raleigh, NC; and Nashville, TN. More locations are scheduled to open in markets throughout the South, Southwest and Northwest in 2008.

HERC Trench Safety Services is a nationwide dealer for Efficiency Production, Inc., a Mason, MI-based manufacturer of trench shielding and shoring systems; Speed Shore, Inc. of Houston, TX, in the Trench Shoring product line; and MSA of Pittsburgh, PA, in the Confined Space Safety product line.

For information on Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, or for the nearest location, call HERC toll-free at 1-888-777-2700 or visit the company on the web at www.hertzequip.com.

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