How to Reduce Construction Site Hazards by 20%

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welfareA recent study has highlighted the advantages of prefabrication as it relates to safety on the construction site. The study, commissioned by the Stewart Milne Group, looked at work involving floors and windows. The group sought to assess risk within the two areas, in which ‘pre-manufactured value’ is increasing. Health & Safety Executive [HSE] guidelines were consulted, and risk profiles for each type of work were developed. Two timber framed building systems were used to ascertain where risks could arise. One of the frames was constructed on-site using typical manual techniques for assembly, such as a forklift. The other system featured higher levels of prefabrication using a crane on-site.

Panelised methods have been gaining favour within the construction industry, as these systems produce new homes faster, are more cost effective and safer. Their production also boasts a lower carbon footprint than traditional building methods. Common hazards included falls from height, and slips and trips when moving, handling loads or lifting loads. The results were used to compare the risks of on-site assembly practices vs prefabricated construction.

The injury rate within the building industry is 42% higher per 100,000 workers, than in manufacturing. Deaths as a result of falls from height represent 50% in the construction arena, manufacturing sees 16% of this type of death. It seems obvious that the system which involves less on-site activity produces the least risk of accidents. But it’s a fact that the prefabricated methods do reduce safety risks and hazard exposure by 20%.

Many modern products intended for use on the building site are nowadays designed with safety in mind. They also include green technology wherever possible, as with plant machinery brands like Kubota, Thwaites, Bomag and Bobcat. Mobile welfare units are also important on-site, enabling workers to carry out their jobs in places like Basildon refreshed and able to concentrate.

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