Widespread growth in the oil and gas industry, particularly in the shale regions of the U.S. and the oil sands in Western Canada, has placed increased emphasis on keeping workers safe and costs at a minimum. Blast resistant modules, also known as BRMs, can do both.
BRMs are relocatable steel buildings designed to keep workers safe from a blast. Their ability to protect occupants is measured in pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) and the duration of the event in milliseconds. BRMs with an initial blast rating of 8 PSI side-on pressure for 200 milliseconds carry the highest possible rating.
While protecting workers is always the first priority, the benefits of BRMs extend beyond safety. At present, companies operating in blast zones without BRMs are required to transport workers offsite to secure locations several times a day for restroom and meal breaks. These frequent work stoppages bring significant additional costs. Here are just a few:
- Project delays
- Higher labor costs
- Transportation costs
- Offsite facility costs
Instead of absorbing these costs, workers can remain onsite in BRMs outfitted to serve a variety of purposes, including restrooms, break rooms and offices. BRMs are available in multiple sizes and can be connected side-by-side or stacked to create a multi-story blast-resistant complex.
“ModSpace BRMs enable construction site managers to operate more efficiently,” notes ModSpace General Manager Marc Boily. “Spending less time transporting employees to and from blast zones means more time on the job being productive.”