Welfare vans versus welfare units
4 January 2022
Welfare units can undoubtedly be the right choice on occasion. Enable Welfare’s 16ft towable welfare cabin easily seats 12, so it has a bigger capacity than most welfare vans, while its tough, anti-vandal exterior is a real advantage if it needs to be left unattended.
But for anyone seeking a site welfare solution, don’t be too quick to dismiss welfare vans – they have some key advantages, too.
Welfare vans have a significantly smaller footprint than welfare units, so they are much easier to place in a tight space. If access is difficult, remember that welfare vans are easy to manoeuvre and simple to park. And with no towbar to be disconnected or levelling to be done, with a welfare van it’s a little quicker to get your welfare facilities up and running once you arrive on site.
If you are moving crews around on migratory job, such as typical road or rail work, welfare vans are the obvious choice, allowing teams to be on the move at a moment’s notice.
Another plus is that whereas a cabin would need a permit in London if positioned on the street for a long-term project, a welfare van does not.
The final thing to bear in mind for anyone considering welfare unit or welfare van hire is that with a van, you only need one vehicle. Transport your workers to the site in it and then use it during the day to meet their welfare requirements as they work. And that means less outlay, reduced fuel costs and lower overall carbon emissions.