28 May The Advantages of Portable Welfare Units / Towable Units as Opposed to Fixed
Hygiene on a worksite is one of the most important considerations to make when planning a project. Fixed units are cost-effective for long-term projects, but towable welfare units can go to remote locations and are easy to move.
Types of Welfare Unit
Welfare units can either be static or mobile. A static welfare unit needs a crane to lift it on and off lorries to get them to and from the site. A mobile welfare unit can either fit into a van or mount onto the bed of a larger vehicle or a trailer.
Mobile welfare units are good options for projects lasting less than a few weeks, as they are simple and quick to move. Towable welfare units offer a cost-saving from being able to use basic vehicles with trailer hitches.
Benefits of a Towable Welfare Unit
Welfare units are legal requirements, but they also improve morale and hygiene. This means less time off work, more hands to help on the site, and faster completion of projects. The bottom line is that modern portable welfare units save businesses money.
A towable welfare unit must be well thought out to contain the vital facilities a crew needs on a remote site. The space is functional with plenty of secure storage — while keeping the interior rooms open and comfortable.
A compact towable unit takes up far less space on a site, leaving more space for the construction project. These types of welfare units can run independent of the rest of the site, running on generators or green hybrid systems.
The interiors are easy to clean and simple to maintain. An all-in-one style portable welfare unit will follow, and exceed, the latest HSE sanitation requirements. When it is time to move on, the process is as simple as hitching up the trailer and driving away.
When a major construction project is in the planning phase, the positioning of the welfare units is one of the first considerations. But in an emergency, a base must be set up fast to ensure that the workers can do their jobs.
Portable welfare units can travel to the site with the workers and be ready along with the rest of the vital equipment. Having the welfare unit at hand also makes it easier to stagger breaks and the workflow of many teams.
The mobility of a towable welfare unit allows a team to move it to a more secure area of the site at the end of each day. Portable welfare units can move along with the job such as rail, water, road, telecoms, and power works.
The HSE expects a site to offer basic facilities for workers and visitors to maintain their hygiene and energy levels. Workers also need a refuge from the rest of the site — a place out of the weather and away from the noise.
EasyCabin welfare units come with:
- Kitchenettes — There is a Microwave and Kettle and space to prepare food, make simple hot meals and drinks. A refrigerator can be installed as an optional extra.
- Canteens — Large enough to seat workers so they can eat and drink in comfort.
- Hot Water — The toilets in towable EasyCabin units have running hot water and sinks large enough to wash up to the elbows.
- Heating — The units also have fast and efficient heating. Various heating systems are available.
- Other Configurations — Longer units also offer other spaces such as office, storage, or workroom areas.
The needs of a crew can range from respecting the privacy of male and female workers to caring for special needs. Depending on the type of work, a crew may need showering facilities and enough space to change at the end of their shift.
Office space may be a priority for a crew, offering an area to deal with employees and administration. Construction companies may want to add more services such as Wi-Fi and a first-aid station.
It may be possible to connect to a local power supply, but if not, EasyCabin has a range of generators suitable for off-grid locations. Security is also important for storing tools and personal belongings. Installing security lights and CCTV cameras can help to deter theft and vandalism.
Gone are the days when placing a chemical toilet on a job site was a satisfactory solution. The HSE deems chemical toilets as the last option — if flush toilets are not practical to install. EasyCabin towable welfare units come with hot and cold running water.
These cabins include flush toilets with large black water waste. The low consumption of water and energy are key factors in the design of these units.
The LED lighting is low on energy consumption, as are the heaters, which can run off battery backups in some situations. Green technologies, such as ‘Air’ diesel, solar, and hydrogen-fuel-cells, mean that zero-emission welfare units are now a reality.
EasyCabin’s welfare units go through extensive design, construction, and testing phases to ensure that they cope with a work crew. We have a range of welfare units to suit the needs of large events, rail, utility, and general construction projects.
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