Modular buildings are a key part of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). The environmental benefits of modular construction are widely discussed, such as the improved energy efficiency of modular homes, but can modular buildings improve health & safety standards as well? Take a look at the ways in which these structures can help to safeguard those living and working within them and the people responsible for their assembly.
Tailored to purpose
Although easily constructed and deconstructed, modular buildings can be easily tailored to purpose. Ensuring that the building is the right size and shape for your staff improves accessibility and minimises risks. Modular buildings can be constructed to satisfy specialist sector specification standards as well, to meet a wide variety of health & safety regulations. There is the option of modular building hire for short-term projects that require a particular environment.
As well as improving health and safety standards within the walls of the structures themselves, modular buildings also benefit the health and safety of those who assemble them. Modular buildings are crafted from several separate components that are created in factory conditions away from the construction site. The factory setting allows for higher health and safety standards to be kept when compared to a traditional construction site.
Quicker on-site operations
Once all of the pieces of the puzzle have been produced, they are transported together to the construction site. The separate parts of the structure are then assembled into the finished building. This process means that on-site operations are much quicker, which in turn means that there is less opportunity for on-site injury.
This method of construction also drastically lessens dust production and noise pollution, both of which can have serious long-term consequences for construction workers. Furthermore, there is less complex construction required on-site which further minimises risks for employees.
Temporary staff buildings
Modular buildings can be used by construction companies for their own on-site needs as well. These temporary structures can be used for effective equipment storage or as an accommodation space that provides workers with the opportunity for rest and refreshment.
Having a dedicated space where employees can rest, rehydrate, and eat meals contributes to better staff concentration levels which helps to reduce the risk of workplace accidents. The heavy-duty machinery and handheld tools found on a construction site can be highly dangerous, so ensuring that your workforce is alert is vital in your aim to safeguard employee health and safety.