Taking it offsite: A move toward modularization has significant impacts on safety

Carlos Guidry, senior vice president of construction, Turner Industries. Photo by Don Kadair

The petrochemical industry is effectively lowering the occurrence of injuries and fatalities by integrating more modular components into its construction projects, reports 10/12 Industry Report in its latest issue.

Modularization shifts much of the labor-intensive field construction activities from the field to an offsite fabrication facility to mitigate or reduce the inherent risks associated with field construction.

In just the last four years, Turner Industries has racked up nearly 900,000 manhours at its Port Allen and New Iberia module fabrication yards without a single OSHA recordable. It’s perhaps a lesser publicized benefit of modularization, given the increasingly popular construction method’s enhanced control over productivity, cost and schedule. Read the entire story.