Health and safety with structural timber

Health and safety is the highest priority for any construction project. From the biggest to the smallest, everyone is responsible for minimising risk and avoiding accidents. 

One of the primary health and safety benefits of structural timber is the offsite manufacture of the build systems. Managing safety within factory controlled units, automation of manufacturing machinery to avoid manual intervention, all contribute to safer sites and safer projects.

With specialist installation teams and build systems arriving to site, just in time, there is less time spent erecting the build systems, than building in brick and block and with less labour required on site, there is a lower risk of injury.

Operating within a controlled environment that is pre-planned provides a working environment is more cleaner and more predictable, leading to fewer errors and accidents.

Site safe

Members of the The Structural Timber Association are required to follow our Site Safe policy.

As part of that policy, in conjunction with HSE, we developed a Risk Assessment Checklist (RA), designed to be used at each stage of a construction project, for use by all parties involved, from a projects feasibility through to the start on-site; or as covered by the RIBA work stages A to K. 

The risk assessment checklist also focuses on fire safety during construction along with security, safe storage of materials, plant and equipment.