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5 Trends in the Construction Industry 2015


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The introduction of 3D printers and an increase in passive home construction are just some of the recent developments the construction industry has experienced in recent years. Forever in a cycle of boom and bust, it is understandable that industry bosses who may have once been reluctant towards new technological innovations will perhaps invest more time and money into them now to help make practices more efficient. Moreover changing attitudes, awareness and legislation means there is stronger focus on adopting green practices in all areas of construction. 

But what effect do the latest trends in construction have in 2015? And what are the implications for rope access companies? Some of the key trends are discussed below;

1. There is greater focus on safety and stricter punishments for managers and businesses which put workers in danger

Safety has also been a fundamental and essential issue in the construction industry. 45% of total fatal injuries to workers in construction in 2014 were caused from fall from height. This cause also accounted for 31% of total of major/specified injuries in construction.

Safety in construction is a two-fold issue. Firstly, it is the company’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their workers through methods such as correct fall protection systems. They should also take responsibility for the public who may be affected by construction, for example those walking underneath scaffolding and may be hit by falling objects. Being struck by falling object is the fourth highest cause of death in the workplace and one of the leading cause of injury.

IMPACT ON ROPE ACCESS:

Thankfully, rope access techniques provide one of the safest methods used to carry out building and maintenance work at height. All tools are attached to workers meaning the likelihood of injury to those below is lower. Rope access specialists are always attached to the structure they are working on by two ropes and will work as part of team so that help is on hand in the unlikely case of an accident. Rope access is a preferred work at height method over alternatives for its high safety record.

2. The shortage of qualified labour continues to affect the construction industry

Everybody could see this problem on the horizon. The most recent recession had a serious effect on the industry and many qualified labour workers searched work elsewhere, either because of redundancy or because they believed they could get more secure, long-term prospects. Now that the industry is in its recovery many of these workers are not coming back. The area which has been hit hardest by this problem is skilled craft labour including electricians and builders. Although the construction industry has experienced rebound since 2008 this has been crippled by the lack of qualified labour.

IMPACT ON ROPE ACCESS:

Nowadays to become a rope access technician you must be not only a competent climber but also a skilled trades-person. By employing a rope access team to perform your access work you can be confident that the team are highly qualified professional who have the experience and knowledge to carry out their work competently, efficiently and safely.

3. 3D printing will make its way onto more construction sites

3D printing has been a news-worthy topic. Used in many industries including medical and fashion, 3D printing is flashy and making an impact. With more companies putting focus on green construction, budget-aware project managers will turn to the technique and once it has been tested and proven in other industries will start to filter into construction.

IMPACT ON ROPE ACCESS:

 3D printing will enable the construction industry to complete faster and more accurate construction. The method can also reduce waste as unused components can be recycled. Whilst 3D printing may not directly affect construction it can help increase overall safety by replacing dangerous jobs on site with printing processes.

4. There is an emphasis on green practices and contracts

Green building is not a new concept in the construction world but has definitely seen an increase in popularity recently due to new initiatives across the globe, including President Obama's Clean Power Plan. Green building has of course had some controversy with some believing it will damage the construction industry. Besides this opposition it is likely to stay. Mostly due to environmental issues, but also due to its cost effectiveness.

IMPACT ON ROPE ACCESS:

Due to the lack of machinery required, rope access techniques have a considerably lower effect on the surrounding environment compared to other types of access. Choosing a rope access company as your work at height solution means allows your business to do the best it can for its carbon footprint.

To find out more about rope access as a work at height solution, or to explore the many benefits rope access can bring please visit our Company's About Page. Alternatively if you have an access project you think could benefit from rope access then you can contact Inspection & Rope Access Specialists: rope access specialists on 01592 722 571.