March 7, 2017
Safety Benefits of Bringing Manufacturing to Construction
It’s no secret that a construction site has the potential to expose employees to many levels of risk. According to OSHA, in 2015, 937 construction workers suffered fatal workplace injuries, which equates to 21.4% of all workplace fatalities. It is the responsibility of everyone on a job site to identify risk and implement mitigating procedures. One way Faith Technologies has chosen to reduce employee exposure to jobsite hazards is by moving preconstruction work off the jobsite and into a manufacturing environment.
There are a number of safety benefits to preconstruction:
- Climate-Controlled Manufacturing Facilities: Eliminates exposure to extreme temperatures.
- Ergonomics: Provides adjustable workstations for employees.
- Housekeeping: Reduces the need to store material on already cluttered jobsites.
- Material Handling: Provides mechanical lifting solutions to reduce sprains and strains.
- Fall Prevention: Provides the ability to conduct work at ground level rather than working from heights.
Faith Technologies uses a systematic approach to risk reduction by following the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) Hierarchy of Controls. This approach involves:
- Elimination: Physically removing hazards.
- Substitution: Replacing hazards.
- Engineering Controls: Isolating people from hazards.
- Administrative Controls: Changing the way people work.
- Personal Protective Equipment: Protecting workers with proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
By putting all of these into place and eliminating construction time spent on the jobsite, we significantly reduce the frequency that our employees are exposed to higher levels of risk.
There are many benefits to be realized by moving traditional construction tasks into a controlled manufacturing environment. Faith continues to look for unique solutions to ensure we execute on our number one core value – Uncompromised Focus on Keeping People Safe.