There is a trend in the global building industry and it points in one direction: The demands on worker safety, health and accident prevention on construction sites are growing. Governments, health and safety authorities, employer insurances and construction industry associations, but even developers and owners are asking: What is the safety concept on this project? Indeed: A clean health and safety record has become a key performance indicator for all top contractors across the world.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Great Britain’s regulatory body with a mission to prevent death, serious injury and harm to health of workers and of others who may be exposed to risks from work activities.
HSE provides information and advice, raises awareness, promotes training, conducts and sponsors research, proposes new laws and standards and enforces the law as Great Britain’s workplace regulator.
New Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations
The new construction design and management regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015. They ensure that working conditions are safe before work begins and the proposed work will not put others at risks. The new CDM regulations replace the old CDM dating from 2007.
Find out more here: www.hse.gov.uk/construction
Safety equipment that is system compatible and fits the formwork design, complies with all safety regulations and is easy and fast to assemble is mandatory to ensure worker safety when planning a concrete project. More importantly, it contributes to cost-effectiveness, reducing labour and costs, as site research shows.
Does the use of system compatible safety equipment on the formwork pay off in terms of cost-effectiveness?
The University College of Darmstadt’s Institute for Building Management (Germany) conducted a scientific investigation to generate real-life performance values for a standardised formwork set up, comparing the assembly, ganging and cycling of conventional safety equipment on a wall formwork unit with system compatible safety equipment. Layout and conditions were identical. The results are astonishing: Using system compatible safety equipment significantly speeds up set up times and achieves performance values that are, at least, superior to those using conventional walkway brackets and loose planking.
The equation is simple: Spend a little more on the right equipment and save significantly on time and labour.
Sven Schoch, product manager with MEVA formwork systems and safety project manager took part in the test series and reports: “What impressed me when working on formwork equipped with system compatible safety features is the subjective safety. This means you work faster and make fewer mistakes. It is a difference climbing up a fixed, integrated ladder with hatch access and stepping out onto a slip-protected working platform rather than balancing up a rickety ladder and creeping forward on wobbly planking.”
Only simple work is safe work. And only safe work can be fast.
Clamp it. Hit it. Done.
The MEVA clamp connects and aligns the panels with just a few hammer blows, has no losable parts and is the lightest of its kind to this day. A five point clamp effect is achieved anywhere on the frame, even when panels are offset on uneven ground.
The welded-in Dywidag nut in the multi-function profile
The Dywidag nut in the multi-function profile is welded in on both sides, so is the conical anchor sleeve. This ensures the safe, error-free and fast attachment of all accessory parts such as walkway brackets. Being welded in means: no slipping away.
Uniform attachment with the flange screw. Fewer parts, less inventory.
The attachment of accessories is standard and uniform throughout all MEVA wall formwork systems. All you need is a standard flange nut. It attaches safely to the welded-in Dywidag nut. No hooks, clips, nuts or bolts are needed. Fewer parts means less storage, less searching, less transport.
Safe, fast work often relies on details in design
Integrated safety indicator shows safe shore position at a glance.
When MEP shoring towers are assembled with reinforcement frames, the clearly visibly setting of the red quick-lock lever shows whether they have been safely connected. At a glance, site supervision can confirm the safety of the setup.
Only simple work is safe work. Only safe work can be fast. And: Working safely means working efficiently, saving time and money.