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Construction Safety: How Portable Storage Containers Can Help

| April 21, 2017

The construction industry is one of the most vital, yet dangerous industries in the world, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all work deaths in the United States. That figure represents a ten year period from 2002 through 2012, compiling data to bring awareness to the dangers of construction work within the industry for the national Construction Safety Day, which occurs each year in April. The goal is to help construction industry owners, workers, contractors, instructors and other related personnel to become more aware of the safety issues that are faced within this industry each and every day.

Out of all the various trades within the construction industry itself, specialty trades with work with specific areas of construction, represent the highest risk of all. Specialty trades, such as contractors and workers who deal with the building of foundations, concrete and heavy structures, represent nearly 50 percent of all construction deaths. The type of work that these specialty trades do within the industry are more challenging than other types of construction, making it more difficult to manage proper safety precautions on a daily basis. However, many of the issues that pose a danger to construction workers on the job site can be prevented simply through better organization and management of tools, equipment and materials.

Why Organization Makes a Difference
Through the use of jobsite storage for construction, project foremen are able to better control the organization of tools, equipment and materials on site to prevent many of the common safety issues and potential accidents that face most construction workers. While specialty trades will always have a higher risk simply because of the type of work that they do, even those areas of the industry can be improved upon through the use of portable storage containers to keep tools and equipment locked up and put away when not in-use to prevent accidents, hazards or other issues that could potentially lead to injury or death.

In addition to keeping these valuable assets locked up, the use of portable storage containers can also be implemented for certain materials used on the construction site that are frequent targets of unauthorized persons or that pose a risk to work crews. Not only will using Providence construction storage prevent theft and vandalism of these items in Rhode Island or anywhere else in the northeastern region where they are used, but it will also keep the jobsite neat and organized to prevent accidents, falls, slips and other related incidents with crew members, vendors and other visitors to the property.

Common Safety Issues in the Construction Industry
While mobile storage containers won’t solve every issue, the more proactive owners and managers are at implementing organization, safety guidelines and regular instruction to keep workers apprised of the importance surrounding job site safety, the lower the risk. Unfortunately, OSHA Standards are violated every day throughout the construction industry all across the country. Most of the violations surround the areas of falling, slipping, respiratory protection, scaffolding dangers and communication about safety hazards. Many of the causes behind these violations can be solved by simple awareness of what is known in the industry as the “fatal four,” the four issues that currently account for 60 percent of construction worker deaths.

The issues that are considered by safety experts as the “fatal four” include:

  1. FALLS – Falls experienced on the job site currently account for 36 percent of construction worker deaths.
  2. OBJECTS – Being struck by an object on the job site accounts for 10 percent of construction worker deaths.
  3. ELECTROCUTIONS – 9 percent of all construction worker deaths are attributed to job site electrocutions.
  4. IN-BETWEEN – Getting caught in-between objects, equipment, materials, machinery and other aspects of the job site accounts for 2 percent of construction worker deaths.

Being able to eliminate the risks associated with these common causes of death on the construction site known as the “fatal four” would save approximately 435 American lives each and every year. The best way to reduce and work toward eliminating these risks is through education, organization and consistency. Companies need to give their workers the tools they need to get the job done, but they also need to give them the tools, skills and knowledge to get the job done in a safe and effective manner. Jobsite storage for construction can play a big role in the prevention and reduction of these common workplace risks associated with many areas of the construction industry.

How Providence Construction Storage Can Help
Whether you are working a job right here in Rhode Island or anywhere else in the New England area, mobile storage containers can be a huge asset to your construction business. Mobile storage containers come in a number of different shapes, sizes and styles, designed to suit your specific needs and help you to take control over the safety and organization of your jobsite once and for all. Providence construction storage can be rented, leased or purchased through Valtran, which can also provide delivery, set up and removal of jobsite storage for construction in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. Anywhere you need to go for work, Valtran can help you get all of the storage space you need to help keep your jobsite running safely and smoothly.

Choose from our selection of construction storage solutions, which include:

  • LONG STANDARD/GROUND LEVEL – 10, 20 and 40 foot storage containers
  • HIGH CUBE/GROUND LEVEL – 20 and 40 foot storage containers
  • LONG TRAILER/DOCK HEIGHT – 28, 38 and 53 foot storage trailers

Just call Valtran to get a FREE estimate on renting, leasing or purchasing one of our quality portable storage containers. All we need to deliver and set up your storage is a flat, level piece of ground, which can include concrete, asphalt or properly compacted dirt. Got questions? Just ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service agents. We are here to help you with all of your construction site equipment needs, including mobile storage containers, temporary fencing and even office trailer rental options. Take advantage of the benefits associated with using jobsite storage for construction to better manage and control your tools, equipment and materials on site as a means of protecting your property, your crew and your bottom line. Call Valtran today at 1-800-813-2188 for more information or to set up a delivery date to your next construction project.

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