Modular building creates fewer jobsite hazards, but isn’t without dangers
Modular or prefabricated construction methods are promoted as cost-effective and safer alternatives, with most of the work done in controlled factory settings. In these settings, employees face fewer risks associated with changing site conditions, harsh weather, and fall hazards compared to traditional on-site construction. Working in a factory enables better adherence to safety regulations, reduces debris, and allows for the use of technology like robotics to handle dangerous tasks. Factory-based construction also involves working from lower heights, reducing fall risk. However, common worker injuries in modular assembly facilities still include soft tissue injuries like strains and sprains. Safety regulations differ between factory and field work, so it’s crucial for workers to understand and be trained for the specific environment they work in. For instance, fall protection requirements may vary depending on the setting, necessitating different training and skills.