Five ways Danley’s Strategic Reinforcement™ product can improve Health and Safety on your site
Health and safety are an increasing priority in most sectors. In the construction industry, it can be a matter of life and death. With so many potential risks and hazards – including heavy loads, dangerous machinery, and potentially hazardous materials – risk assessments and safety precautions are crucial to keeping workers safe.
While eradicating the risks isn’t always possible, construction firms are increasingly turning to lower-risk solutions in a bid to keep workers safe, minimise downtime and reduce the potential of injury. Matt Bollé, National Sales Engineer from Danley explores five ways that switching to Danley’s solutions can minimise known risks and improve health and safety on-site when installing concrete hardstandings and service yards.
Reduced likelihood of slips, trips, and falls
Slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of injury on construction sites. The HSE puts the figure at several thousand injuries every year, with around 1000 fractured bones or dislocated joints. As well as being devastating to individuals and their families, injuries at work can be costly for employers too.
The law states that every part of a construction site must be kept in ‘good order’, with a good standard of housekeeping across the site. This includes ensuring that storage of materials is managed effectively and deliveries planned to minimise the amount of construction supplies stored on site. By switching to Danley’s Strategic Reinforcement™ Design – which typically uses less steel and less concrete – contractors can minimise the amount of material on-site, improving site management, reducing the need for storage, and reducing the risk of slips, trips, and falls.
Reduced worker fatigue
Construction work, by its very nature, often involves lifting, moving, and carrying heavy loads. This can put excessive stress and strain on the body, which can lead to the type of longer-term musculoskeletal disorders that are prevalent amongst construction workers.
Danley’s Strategic Reinforcement™ solution uses significantly less steel than the traditional mesh reinforcement often used in the construction of concrete hardstandings and industrial pavements. Sheets of mesh can weigh up to 70kg, while the PD3® Cradles used in Danley’s solution weigh less than 8kg each – making them much easier to deal with in terms of manual handling. The lightweight cradles can help to minimise worker fatigue and prevent strain injuries versus steel mesh.
Elimination of mesh from concrete hardstandings
By eliminating the need for mesh reinforcement, Danley’s solution makes access to the workspace for placing concrete easier and safer. When installing hardstandings with mesh reinforcement, workers usually have to walk across the mesh in the process of laying the concrete. Mesh can be unstable to walk on, while the flying ends found on mesh have the potential to cause injury and damage to PPE. Moving to Danley’s mesh-free solution eliminates these risks.
The PD3® cradles used in Danley’s solutions are prefabricated for quick and easy installation on site. This clever design means no need for additional tools, chairs or materials, and no staking, drilling, or spinning of round dowels as part of the installation process. As well as speeding up installation, the simple but effective design reduces time on site and the complexity of installation, which further reduces the operator fatigue associated with repetitive processes.
Fewer deliveries/less heavy vehicles
We’ve covered the key reasons why our Strategic Reinforcement™ solution is a more sustainable choice for concrete hardstandings in another blog post. However, when it comes to on-site health and safety and environmental benefits, our solution offers significant advantages over alternative methods. The Danley approach uses significantly less concrete and steel than traditional designs, meaning fewer deliveries to the site. As well as the benefits of reduced CO2 emissions, the reduced movement of heavy vehicles further improves site safety.