Toolbox Talk - September 2019

Written by Matt Taylor, CHST, SMS

Prefabrication provides many benefits to a project, with one of the major, yet sometimes overlooked benefits, being project safety. With prefabrication, there is a dramatic reduction in

  • Fall hazard exposure
  • Wall panel fall hazard exposure
  • Structural steel fall hazard exposure
  • Roof decking fall hazard exposure

Prefabrication being done in a controlled environment allows us to maintain safer working conditions. Typically dangerous variables such as weather conditions are non-existent within a prefab shop. Larger scale, industrial machinery that is bolted to the ground makes major tasks easier avoiding portable items that could cause an error.

Once on-site, the potential for hazards is also less with fewer materials needed within each area, and less time spent in one particular part of a project. Less project waste means a more organized workspace with reduced labor congestion.

Even with all these major benefits, it is critical to be mindful of OCP’s safety standards with prefabrication. These include:

  • Typical personal protective equipment: hardhats, safety glasses, safety vest, safety boots, and work gloves.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Certification for each piece of machinery utilized.

All accidents are preventable, and every opportunity to improve site safety is welcomed. Have a safety suggestion? We want your ideas. Send it to us at