Wood is a material which is structurally strong but still can be cut and shaped easily using some simple tools. Which provides a level of diversity in its usage in comparison to steel or concrete. When comparing with Indian construction practises, the level of productivity and work force requirement is less in Canada due to the prevalent use of Automated Tools. If a skilled worker is given a nail gun, he can deliver the same productivity as 3-4 people with nails and hammers. Wood frame structures are less labour intensive, as it being solid gives an advantage over concrete in workability and it being light is advantageous over steel. Few people with the right tools and skill can build a full house, which is not possible in the case of concrete build structures where people of different trades must work together. The video also emphasises on the fact that Canadian construction industry relies mostly on prefabricated or preassembled as seen in the case of fixing of windows. This minimizes in-situ work and hence increases efficiency. On the other side its also noticed that in this case i.e. this video, health and safety have not been given importance. Staff can be seen overlooking major safety guidelines i.e. No PPEs, working in loose clothing & no safety guides are being used while working at height.
Sources: • McNaughton Homes Video : • Canadian Wood Council : BP4_WoodFrameHousing.pdf
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