Businesses move from job site to job site,.  It is essential to have a portable office area that moves with your company. You need a safe place to conduct on-site business.  Additionally, it is vital to store and complete paperwork on site.  Having a place where your employees can go when they need help or information is important also. 

Portable offices are standard in industries like construction.  This is true for the oil and gas industry. However, any business may find it necessary to have an office setting that can be moved when needed, such as emergency response teams. 

Businesses have two choices when it comes to portable office structures. They can use a mobile home converted into an office or a portable storage container repurposed as an office.  The latter is commonly known as a Ground Level Office Container. 

The Difference Between Trailers and Ground Level Office Containers 

Trailers and storage containers converted into portable offices both serve the same purpose. However, there are many differences between these two structures. Comparing the differences will help you select the right structure for your company. 

– Construction 

Portable storage containers are constructed from steel and are made to be very durable. These containers were designed to withstand harsh conditions and be strong enough to stack nine containers high without bending. 

Mobile trailers are generally constructed from steel and aluminum. Some of the trailers may also have vinyl parts and plywood. These trailers are constructed for continual use but under less strenuous conditions. 

– Height of Entrance 

Trailers are constructed to be connected to a chassis and wheels for easy movement. However, when the trailer arrives at its destination, it does not come off the frame. This means that you will be required to install OSHA approved stairs and railings to the trailer for it to be considered safe to use. Depending on the building codes in the area you will place the trailer, you may also need to make it wheelchair accessible. 

Portable storage containers are built to be accessed at ground level. Once your storage container arrives, you will not have to add stairs or other features to make it an OSHA approved structure. 

– How and Where the Office Will be Moved 

If all of your job sites are located on evenly paved roads, there should not be a lot of problems moving your trailer when you need to move on to the next job site. Yet, trailers are not built as sturdy as storage containers.  Rough terrain and continual moving of these structures can significantly shorten their usefulness. 

When you need to move a portable storage container to a new job site, all you have to do is have it placed on a flatbed truck.  You can move it anywhere that you desire. Since the truck will absorb most of the bumps on the road, regardless of terrain, your container office will travel to its next location with ease. 

Portables 360 is available to discuss the benefits of ground level office containers with you.