BIM for Safety

Feb. 8, 2015

Building Design + Construction

In early 2008, as a storm approached northern Michigan, a 19-year-old construction worker raced to the rooftop of a multifamily building to clear the area of construction debris. Unaware that a metal roof curb — which was not secured or labeled — was covering a make-up air shaft, the worker tried to move the curb onto a stack of plywood. He fell through the roof opening 69 feet to his death.

In late 2009, in Washington state, a 45-year-old carpet installer was unloading 12-foot-long carpet rolls from a skip box through a window onto the fourth floor of a hotel project. With one foot on the window sill and the other on a roll of carpet protruding from the skip box, the laborer, who was not wearing fall protection, slipped and fell 32 feet to the concrete sidewalk below, causing fatal injuries.

Read about how Southland incorporates 4D BIM safety assessment and planning on projects here.

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As an MEP building systems expert, Southland Industries provides integrated, full lifecycle solutions that optimize the design, construction, operation, and efficiency of buildings. Through collaborative partnerships with our clients and the collective expertise of our people, we create premier built environments and future-ready spaces where communities and businesses can thrive. 

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