While the construction and engineering industry does come with a certain amount of inherent risk, contractors can be proactive about safety on projects. OSHA sets strict guidelines regarding fall protection measures because falls are commonly responsible for serious workplace-related injuries and deaths. The National Safety Council finds that falls from height are the reason for the most non-fatal days of missed work. Keeping this in mind, contractors and engineers should ensure that all employees receive regular preventative training. Additionally, when working from any height, workers should be provided with the appropriate fall protection system.
CAN YOU ANSWER THIS?
It is somewhat surprising how creative workers can get when it involves scaffolding. Just when it seems all the questions have been answered, along comes a question that raises an issue that was never addressed. Challenge yourself to these questions and see if your answer agrees with the one given at the end of this article.
In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities according to OSHA. In 2015 alone, 350 workers lost their lives due to completely preventable accidents. The National Safety Council found falls are responsible for the most non-fatal missed days of work. Clearly, falls and related accidents can be a large liability for any commercial project. However, with proper fall prevention techniques, contractors can protect their employees and profit margins all at once.
When designing a construction project, few people realize that the designer often cannot answer common questions that arise during the construction process. The owner’s structural engineer, better known as the engineer of record (EOR), is hired primarily to design the project, but after the plans have been approved, the EOR does not get involved with the means and methods the contractor uses to deliver a finished project. This often leaves contractors flying blind, so to speak, as many times the plans contain errors or lack sufficient instructions. For these reasons, it is a good idea for contractors to hire their own, independent structural engineer, known as a contractor’s engineer.
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What Construction Engineering Does For Contractors
Construction engineers are key players in promoting the successful implementation of any project worth its time and expense. They work with contractors to determine project challenges and to improve supply chain efficiency. Experienced construction engineers operate by the concept of value engineering. Their primary focus is to provide effective solutions without sacrificing the functionality of materials or components. Essentially, construction engineers deliver labor, equipment, and materials savings to contractors by using the least expensive materials to meet project requirements.
Various standards and codes require that an engineer’s services are to be used for certain scaffold designs and installations. Is that really necessary? After all, thousands of scaffolds are constructed daily without any input from engineers. Furthermore, do these engineers need to be qualified engineers or will any engineer be acceptable? And even furthermore, aren’t scaffolds only to be designed by a qualified person. And even more furthermore, doesn’t the U.S. federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA, have one regulation that requires a “registered professional engineer” and other regulation that requires a “qualified engineer?” Is there a difference? Can you be a qualified engineer without being a professional engineer and can you be a professional engineer without being qualified? The answer is yes, yes, yes and yes.
With any large construction project, there are multiple stages where the structure isn’t ready to support itself.
That’s where falsework comes in. Similar to a parent’s job with their child, falsework’s job is to provide support until the structure can be supported on its own.
What else is important to know about falsework’s role in construction? Keep reading to learn more.
1. It is Different Than Formwork!
Are you aware of the regulations that govern demolition of buildings, bridges, and other structures? Did you know that regardless of the type of structure being demolished, the same set of OSHA standards apply?
Before you start tearing down that next structure, it’s important to have your safety protocol in place. You’ll want to be sure you comply with the appropriate OSHA standards, and that you’re taking the right steps to keep everyone in the area safe.
Let’s face it, most companies could stand to operate in a stronger, more effective manner. Be it time wasted in meetings or too many resources used, these mistakes can be costly.
In the construction world, value engineering is a great way to combat that waste. Created during World War II by General Electric, this process is all about helping businesses become more efficient.
And if you’re a contractor, there’s one universal truth: your process could be more efficient. And what does efficiency lead to? More money.
Read on to learn why it’s time to invest in value engineering services.