October 12, 2012

Healthy and safe school project

Anybody interested in a model of safe construction project should visit the United Kingdom. Yes, this is my subjective opinion, but an opinion I have got via countless visits to building site all over the world. This time I was pleased to visit a school project by a construction company Laing O`Rourke, where things were very well in place.

First of all, as a visitor my outfit was 1) glasses, 2) helmet, 3) yellow jacket, 4) gloves, 5) safety boots and 6) identification batch.  It was not just about jumping into the site with normal "gear" J
Secondly, there were very well marked pathways for pedestrians, with all the nuts/bolts and other harmful nods covered with plastic. The safety postings were properly placed.
Thirdly, the site was CLEAN. And I mean really clean, there was no scrap and other materials lying around anywhere.
Last but not least, the construction was a full precast building. The components (walls, columns, beams) of the building came from a precaster factory and there were very few people at the building site – the headcount of some 75-80 would have been at least double with traditional in-situ method.
Based on my gut feeling the project must also be a productive one – and productivity means longer-run also profitability for Laing O´Rourke.

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