In the U.S. military, 24% of all soldiers on active duty smoke, which is a much higher rate than the civilian population. As military bases restrict smoking on their grounds, soldiers and other personnel who smoke find themselves without a safe, comfortable place to do so. This contradiction can be especially difficult for them in the hot of summer or cold of winter, when they aren’t allowed to smoke next to entrances to stay warm or cool. You can solve this problem by installing smoking shelters for them. [Read more…]
You’ve enjoyed your modular office for years, but have decided that it’s time for a much needed redesign. When you decide to redesign your Porta-King modular office, Porta-King will do the labor for free, which will save you thousands of dollars. However, you shouldn’t rush into redesigning your modular office. There are a few important questions you must ask yourself before diving into a new project.
Work with the Space You Have
Planning to hire new employees in the future? Are certain departments already outgrowing their office space? If you’re redesigning your modular office so you can expand, then you must make sure that employees won’t be cramped. Optimize the space. [Read more…]
When it comes to storing or operating expensive or sensitive equipment, military bases need it to be as efficient and safe as possible. Here’s one conflict of interest you may have encountered: Equipment needs to be easily accessible at any moment, but when it’s not in use, equipment on the floor can get in the way of military operations.
Elevating equipment with equipment platforms keeps everyone and everything safe from potential abuse or damage as military personnel work nearby. These platforms can hold equipment like HVACs, air compressors, and other equipment critical to base operations.
Added Security Increases Workplace Safety
Equipment platforms can be designed with a gate to allow only those who are permitted to interact with the equipment to gain access to it. This measure prevents potential injury to personnel or accidental damage to equipment. [Read more…]
Porta-King has designed new office space for Scott Air Force Base (SAFB) to merge an entire department that was relocating from another building. This unique project required Porta-King to work within the support structure of a very old building to create the mezzanine bays and modular offices required for the new space.
Reusing Older Buildings Reduced Overall Cost
Mezzanines can be installed in buildings at a fraction of the cost and time it would need to build new space. Since there was enough usable ceiling space available in a pre-existing building, there was no need for SAFB to build an entirely new structure to accommodate the move. [Read more…]
The petroleum and gas industry can be a dangerous place to work, especially since many workers have to regularly work at great heights. Even if the height is not extreme, workers can still be in danger of falling onto a machine, causing serious injury or death.
Thankfully, unlike in the yesteryear of workplace safety, many precautions are taken to ensure worker safety—particularly in high-risk environments like petroleum and gas worksites.
Falls Are the Most Common Workplace Accident
In 2013, falls accounted for over 4,000 deaths, making it the most common workplace accident. Thankfully, with strict guidelines and workplace safety laws, those numbers are down. But accidents do happen. The most common cause of falling is tripping due to: [Read more…]