How off-site manufacture helps improve on-site health and safety in construction
Health and safety is a top priority in the construction industry, and rightly so. In Great Britain there were 61,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year (averaged over the three-year period 2018-21) and 39 fatal injuries to in 2020-21. Source - hse.gov.uk

Construction sites have a legal requirement to identify and assess hazards, and take action to mitigate associated risks.
 
Most accidents in the construction industry relate to working from height, trips, and moving equipment. It stands to reason that the more tasks completed off-site in a safe, controlled manufacturing environment, the more you reduce the chance of accident and injury.

Traditionally large components of a construction project, like walls, are built and assembled on site.

 
However, “pre-manufactured timber frames” ensure as much work as possible is carried out in a safe, controlled manufacturing environment, away from the construction site. For example, frames can arrive fully assembled, complete with windows, door frames, insulation, vapour control layer, internal partitions, and even cabling and pipework.
 
This can significantly reduce overall costs, and help ensure projects are completed on time and under budget. 
 

Reduces the amount of labour needed on-site

Off-site manufacturing means fewer labourers are needed on-site, which automatically reduces or mitigates many health and safety risks. This also saves costs and time relating to the provision of PPE, health and safety administration and training, and welfare facilities required such as washing and toilet facilities
 

Fewer tasks being carried out on site

With more tasks carried out off-site, there is less manual handling, and simply less scope for things to go wrong on-site.  A higher percentage of work is carried out in a controlled factory environment, not subject to bad light and bad weather conditions, making it inherently safer
 

Fewer deliveries

Just one or two deliveries of a fully assembled timber frame, complete with windows, door frames, insulation, vapour control layer, internal partitions, and even cabling and pipework, means far less loading, unloading, and safe storage of goods than if all arrive separately and are assembled on site.
 

A tidy site is a safe site

Off-site manufacture means there are fewer tools, equipment, and plant required on site. And therefore, less requirement for the associated training and H&S checks.  There is also less construction waste as cuts are optimised in the factory and any waste produced is kept off site.
 

Reduce the bad weather factor

Pre-manufacturing is completed in a controlled environment, usually indoors. This largely removes weather as a variable, and the associated risk of slips and falls.    
 

Contact us for more information

Pinewood Structures is the UK’s leading supplier of timber frame solutions to the construction industry. We’ve been helping to drive the construction industry forward for more than 40 years.
 
Call us now on 01767 651218 or email [email protected] to find out more.
 

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