Jobs in chemical processing plants, manufacturing or oil and gas refineries are some examples of professions more prone to hazards like fires and explosions. Statistics reveal that from 2015 to 2016, explosions and fires were the fourth most common cause of severe injuries in the oil and gas industry. Even in 2018, numerous incidences of fire and explosions have been reported from refineries and chemical plants, all across the United States and the world, resulting in multiple fatalities and casualties.
These job sites have heat-producing equipment like boilers and highly flammable and explosive substances, which increases the probability of mishaps and injuries that can happen as a result of working with or around these elements. The debris that is thrown around by an explosion can hit workers and lead to lacerations or broken bones, resulting in disfigurement, disability and even death. These blasts and fires can cause other potential injuries including-
- Short and long-term exposure to toxic substances
- Respiratory problems due to smoke, fumes and particles
- Loss of eyesight and hearing loss due to explosions
- Skeletomuscular injuries causing severe pain
- Catastrophic injuries including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
In spite of expertise, rigorous training or well-planned operations, workers have been known to suffer injuries from blasts and explosions. Although you cannot completely avoid these incidences, you can lower the severity of the damage they can cause to your workers and assets.
Blast Resistance buildings are a vital measure that offers a range of benefits besides providing your workforce with the required safety from explosions and blasts.
Benefits of Blast Resistant Modular buildings for jobsites
- Protection for Staff and Assets – These structures are designed to withstand the devastating damage caused by explosions and efficiently protect employees, equipment and assets inside them. The building’s proximity to the hazard along with the blast rating determines the level of damage that can be caused by an incident. With a blast-resistant building with low to medium response, you can significantly increase your chances of survival compared to building that is not blast-resistant.
- Quicker Retrieval of Equipment and Tools – At sites where equipment and tools are stored outside the blast zone, workers need to make trips to get them when necessary. For huge refinery sites, these trips require checking in and out of a secure area; sometimes they need arranged transportation which can cause significant loss of work time. Blast resistant tool cribs help store equipment and tools inside the hazardous area safely, reducing retrieval time.
- Reduced Hazard Exposure Duration – On a conventional job site, an employee is exposed to the hazard during the time spent retrieving equipment. Blast resistant tool cribs inside the secure area drastically reduce this time and as a result, the time your workforce is exposed to these risks.
- Flexibility – Modular blast resistant buildings (BRMs) are modifiable and you can easily adapt your existing blast resistant buildings for oil and gas jobsites or petrochemical facilities should there be a change in process areas or blast zones. You can even add additional sections to these multi-section buildings or add additional buildings. If you have a space limitation, BRMs can be stacked to save space.
- Reuse – In the wake of expanding blast zones, oil refineries tend to shift locations for safety reasons. Modular blast resistant structures can be relocated to new job sites easily and can save thousands of dollars. Most oil and gas facilities also go through turnarounds every three to five years. Blast resistant modules can be moved to different areas of the plant, unlike a permanent structure. This makes modular blast resistant buildings economically more feasible than their traditional construction.
- Reduced Downtime – Unlike a traditional building, a modular blast resistant building is built off-site and transferred to the job site. It significantly reduces or eliminates the job site downtime.
- Safer – Due to its off-site building process, the skilled construction labor is exposed to job site hazards only during the installation of the buildings, unlike the complete construction process of a permanent structure.
Mobile Modular, one of the largest providers of modular buildings in the US offers you blast-resistant modules (BRMs) on lease or rent. Our BRMs come with approved safety levels for your staff in identified blast zones.
Why DropBox™ Blast Resistant Modules distributed by Mobile Modular?
DropBox™ BRM’s distributed by Mobile Modular protect against explosions and help store tools securely, provide a safe meeting space, manage projects and offer a space for employee breaks.
- Are a standardized line of blast resistant buildings and modules that are PE Certified 8 PSI Overpressure Rating
- Are fully insulated and equipped BRMs with HVACs that offer climate controlled multi-functional spaces
- Buildings that meet industry standards and your blast zone level requirement
- Guaranteed to be delivered within three business days
To learn more, contact us or request a quote.