Two Reasons Why All Construction Companies Need an On-site Fire Protection Engineer

Posted on: 15 April 2015


Running a construction site requires you to deal with a lot of people, such as your employees, building inspectors, and the building's owner, as well as make tough decisions fast. You need to make sure the job site is safe, your employees have the proper safety training, and the job gets completed on time. The fact is, your position comes with a lot of responsibilities. But, that doesn't mean that your job has to be stressful. Learn how hiring a fire protection engineer can benefit you.

Lower Liability Risks

Did you know that buildings under construction, demolition, or renovation are at higher risk for fire damage than completed buildings? In addition, buildings under construction, demolition, or renovation are also more susceptible to fire, especially before the building's fire protection system is complete, because construction sites are often filled with combustible materials. Not does a high risk of fires put your job site in danger, but it puts your employees at risk too.

Hiring a fire protection engineer to help you manage the construction site increases the safety of construction workers and lowers your company's liability risk, because the engineer can:

  • Set up an on-site emergency command post that contains the building plans, emergency information and equipment, keys, and communications equipment.
  • Ensure proper precautions are taken when employees handle flammable or combustible liquids; operate motorized vehicles; use electrical, welding, or heating equipment; and work with explosives.
  • Make sure employees follow the proper safety precautions. For example, ensuring workers only smoke in designated smoking areas.
  • Conduct regular site visits with members of the local fire department to create and update fire safety plans.

Increased Production

An on-site fire protection engineer can serve as a liaison between different parts of the fire safety-related network. Fire protection engineers understand how fire alarm, detection, and control; mechanical; structural fire protection; and fire suppression systems work, as well as understand how the building's plumbing, electric, and HVAC system works with each system. This understanding makes it easy for fire protection engineers to handle communication between all contractors and employees working with the systems. In addition, fire protection engineers are the ideal candidate for communicating with building code authorities. Allowing your engineer to manage fire safety- and building code-related communication reduces your responsibilities and the time it takes to resolve issues between contractors, employees, and building code authorities, increasing your site's overall production time.

Fire protection engineers are a great asset to construction companies. Not only does an on-site fire protection engineer help you delegate some of your many responsibilities, it helps decrease your company's liability risk, increase employee safety, and improve production time.