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14 Sep 2020 by Trapeze
A free new white paper, offering recommendations on how commercial building projects can drive productivity and improve on-site health and safety, has been launched by RMD Kwikform. The white paper can be downloaded here
Having undertaken a survey with contractors and engineering consultants from around the world, the study identifies areas where temporary works can have a significant impact on productivity and safety, and highlights where there is a need for education and best practice to be shared more effectively.
On the issue of productivity, the survey found that labour productivity is seen as the greatest opportunity to improve on-site efficiencies, freeing up workers for other key tasks or reducing time spent on tasks such as formwork management. The white paper goes on to discuss the importance of projects adopting effective building methods and formwork systems, with contractors identifying systems that are easy to erect and dismantle as being the number one consideration to help increase productivity levels.
The white paper also raises the need for safer methods of construction to be introduced. However, rather surprisingly, respondents felt that individual workers needed to take more responsibility for their own health and safety. This was rated higher than contractors themselves improving site conditions.
While personal responsibility is clearly important, an employer’s role in providing a safe working environment should be a top priority. The white paper outlines the key role that formwork has to play in helping contractors to achieve this, with systems offering integrated safety features providing a real benefit to sites.
Multi-level safety screens below the deck level are also viewed as a good way to improve construction safety, while improving productivity levels and working cycles on facades too. The white paper discusses the benefits these can help deliver in more detail, as well as how best to overcome the challenge of debris falling in commercial building environments.
In addition, the white paper covers recommended building methods and techniques, and the determining factors when appointing groundworks contractors and hiring equipment.
Simon Dowd, Major Projects Manager at RMD Kwikform, explains: “Spending on falsework and formwork typically accounts for 5-7 per cent of a contractor’s annual revenue – a significant sum. This highlights the importance of properly considering these solutions, and how they can help drive productivity while meeting required health and safety standards.
“Our new white paper has been undertaken with leading contractors and engineering consultants from around the world to really shine a light on this matter, even allowing us to identify regional differences, which has been fascinating to see. The findings uncovered have been invaluable, offering real insights that have then led to clear recommendations on how temporary works can help drive productivity and improve safety for commercial building projects.”