Modular Construction & Prefabrication: Why It’s Safer

It is widely acknowledged that among all occupational hazards worldwide, the construction industry is one that records one of the highest number of accidents and deaths annually.

According to the International Labour Organization, some 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work-related illnesses occur annually. In a major finding on worldwide accidents and work-related deaths, it is found that the construction industry has a disproportionately high rate of recorded accidents.

With safety consistently being a major issue in construction, it is crucial to start looking at ways to create a safer environment for workers. One such ways is to look at off-site construction as projects can be made safer under a controllable factory setting.

Off-site construction reduces work-related injuries

Modular or off-site construction is known for utilizing an assembly line for construction where workers complete tasks under a controlled environment. This allows workers better space and environment to perform their jobs while reducing their exposure to risks otherwise present in on-site construction.

Off-site construction takes workers indoors instead of having them work under outdoor settings. This limits their exposure to unsafe weather conditions like extreme temperatures, strong winds, heavy rain, lightning and fog. 

Shielding workers from such exposure enhances their decision-making skills and improves their reaction time at work. 

eases job flow and improves efficiency

Workers completing jobs off-site experience a better and cleaner working environment, hence improving their efficiency and workload. As no manual labour is required in earthmoving or heavy-loaded tasks, workers can safely perform their responsibilities and avoid injuries and accidents on the job.

As off-site construction involves an assembly line where the modules are moved and loaded using machines, most tasks in the factory is automated and controlled. This drastically reduces risks and hazards like on-site fatalities which may lead to deaths.

Materials used in off-site construction are also easier to manage as most loading and lifting are done using automation or machines. This reduces the workers’ load as there are less heavy duty tasks.

provides a cleaner and safer environment

In any case of improving workers welfare, working environment should be a top priority in any employers’ book to ensure workers have a conducive environment. A safe and clean environment guarantees workers’ health, safety and well-being.

By moving construction work indoors, workers have a cleaner and safer working space. Under factory settings, the construction process is streamlined and there is less clutter – drastically improving working conditions.

As off-site construction utilizes designated areas and stations for its assembly and construction works, workers will not have instances of equipment left on their workspace or hazardous substances sitting around. This improves the overall safety and security of their workspace.

Off-Site Construction for Social Sustainability

Maintaining a clean, safe and positive environment to people is crucial for businesses of the future. As civilization progresses, the construction industry needs to improve on social sustainability to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for its workers.

The needs and rights of workers in the industry needs to be guaranteed and complemented with risk mitigation. This will allow the industry and its communities to thrive and grow in a healthy and sustainable manner.

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