News | January 2019

Toolbox Talks for Construction Company Owners and Employees

31st January 2019

Safety is a vital issue in the construction industry, whether this is safety when working at height using access equipment and ladders or safety on site in general.  Construction remains a risky business, despite stringent health and safety legislation designed to reduce the risks and minimise injuries and deaths in the workplace.  The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided Toolbox Talks, short presentations on a single aspect of health and safety, that employers can use to raise awareness and educate the workforce on a single issue at a time.

The Future is Modular for the Construction Industry

30th January 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications we’ve been covering news and developments on off site manufacturing (OSM), also known as pre-fabrication or modular construction.  It’s a practice that helps to reduce the need to work at height and, therefore, reduces the risks in construction activity.  Modular construction or pre-fabrication does not mean the construction of temporary buildings that are too flimsy to withstand the ravages of the UK weather and time. 

Scan-to-BIM – The Benefits for Designers, Builders and Clients

29th January 2019

Last week we wrote an article explaining the term “Scan-to-BIM”, a combination of drone technology and 3D laser scanning which is beginning to make inroads in the construction industry here in the UK.  As we explained, it’s not just drone technology that’s used, but surveyors attempt to scan in a number of ways, both aerial and terrestrial in order to obtain all the information necessary to produce a complete point cloud dataset for a project and the foundation of a highly detailed BIM mode

Blockchain’s Potential Benefits for the Construction Industry

28th January 2019

Last week we brought our readers some information on Blockchain technology, with an explanation of what Blockchain is and how it works.  It’s predicted that Blockchain can bring benefits to the construction industry by adding transparency to all types of transactions and agreements on construction projects by acting as a type of “contract administrator” to provide “smart contracts”, enhancing workflow and increasing accountability.  Moreover, real-time project updates will decrease projec

Winter Woollies on Construction Sites

25th January 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications, safety when working on site is an issue that we pay close attention to – after all, we are manufacturers of safe access equipment designed to ensure that workers can get to the places they need to work in a safe and secure manner, minimising the risk of accidents.   We published some information and advice on working on construction sites during the winter month

Scan-to-BIM – What’s it all About?

24th January 2019

Last week in one of our articles we took a look at the future of project management and the exciting developments we’ve seen over the past few years as the construction industry has made a concerted effort to adopt digital technology.  One of the issues we touched on was the rapid improvements in both drone technology and 3D laser scanning, which, when combined, enable us to “scan-to-BIM”, one of our sector’s latest buzz words.  Today we’re going to go into more detail on scan-to-BIM so that all of our readers are fully up to date with all the latest happenings and technology.

Legal Issues Update for the Construction Industry in 2019

23rd January 2019

We’re still no better informed about Brexit and what will happen once Britain leaves the European Union, but one thing is for sure – most of our labour and health and safety legislation has been written with universal compliance in mind.  This means that we’re likely to see some changes in the coming year, especially when it comes to legal issues.  Today we’re going to take a quick peek at some of the changes and challenges we may face.

Blockchain Explained for Construction Company Owners

22nd January 2019

One of the latest words being bandied about online in construction publications is “blockchain”.  In case you thought blockchain was something to do with Bitcoin (as many do), today we’re going to explain the basics to inform our readers of what matters in the world of construction.  

The Future of Project Management in the Construction Industry

21st January 2019

Anybody working in the construction industry in 21st Century Britain will be aware of the changes that the sector has undergone in recent years.  These changes are mostly due to digital technology and the internet – both of which have changed the way in which we live, work and play in all areas of our lives.  Over the coming weeks, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the changes that digital technology has brought to project management within our sector.

Contractor or Employee – Which is Best for your Construction Company?

16th January 2019

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look at the differences between contractors and employees in the construction industry and listed the benefits that can be brought to your business by hiring a contractor, rather than employing a worker to do a specific job or part of a job.  Today, as promised, we’ll be taking a look at the