Work Safety Begins With Good Planning

Engineers and designers nowadays often undervalue the advantages of using 3D technologies for building site safety.

One of the hottest issues concerning the building industry is work safety at construction site, in particular work takes place from significant heights, one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries.

On the one hand, scaffolding offers safe working arrangements in comparison to working from ladders, leaning over edges and stretching overhead, but on the other hand we must remember that working at height itself involves risks and working on scaffolds augments the danger if safety protocols are disregarded.

To this extent, the new information technologies and in particular 3D CAD are becoming an important opportunity in the construction sector; in effect, an ever-growing number of professionals are opting for these kinds of tools. Within the building sector, the planning phase can benefit by adopting softwares for 3D modeling and 3D visualization; but in fact, the executive phase can have even bigger advantages, also – but not exclusively – with concerns involving work safety.image 1

Scaffolding fatalities are mainly caused by improper operating procedures, falling materials, defective equipment and environmental conditions.

But most accidents are ascribed to poorly built and overloaded scaffolds. Even one small oversight while drawing a scaffold solution can lead to on site complications (such as assembling and dismantling problems) and thus entails huge losses in terms of work force and the company’s reputation.

Another important aspect is employee training since workers should be able not only to carry out tasks but also to behave in the appropriate way in case of danger. The importance of workforce training cannot be overvalued and the company will gain in productivity too.



  • Draw accurately: leave nothing unprepared.
  • Plan transportation: having the right items on site is fundamental.
  • Make sure that your employees know what to do and how to do it: train them and provide them with precise and clear assembling schemes.
  • Use certified and tested scaffolds: quality is a fundamental component.
  • Regulations: pay attention to national and international protocols for building site activities.
  • Check anchoring and joints periodically.
  • Load calculation if necessary: be careful with scaffolding capacity.

Information technologies that use open standard formats are more appropriate to manage this whole matter as they do not limit data exportation and re-usage.

MEC CAD software can help you to design and manage scaffolding and framework and they allow data exchange. If work safety is something you value, try them: what if you could save a life…?

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