Home Construction Precautions That Every Builder Should Take On

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Home construction projects are inherently complex and often expensive. Both large-scale and DIY-level projects present their own set of safety risks. Construction sites are full of dangerous machinery, tools, and harmful chemicals that can cause serious injury or death if workers are careless. If you’re planning on building a house, or you plan on pushing through with a home renovation project, these are some of the safety precautions that you should take.

 

Wear Head Protection

Whether it’s from falling objects, low-hanging hazards, or tripping risks, it’s important to protect your head at all times, as damage to the head can cause seizures, amnesia, and can also impair motor function.

The cost to acquire head protection for all workers greatly outweighs the cost to treat head injuries as well as the cost of a potential workers’ compensation claim. OSHA safety standards also require all workers wear head protection.

Install Scaffolding and Implement Fall Safety Measures

Scaffolding must be inspected regularly to ensure that they are stable. They must come with rigid guardrails and they must also be built at least 10 feet away from power lines given the fact that they are electrical conductors.

It’s also important to install netting on your scaffolding to prevent materials from falling on workers below. Scaffolding should also be firm enough to withstand high winds; even small sways can greatly endanger the workers who are working at heights.

Put Debris Aside

Construction waste can create environmental problems for workers and for the future occupants of the structure. Some construction waste is toxic, while others can cause accidents. Either way, it’s important to remove your waste right after completing your construction project.

This is also why builders need to order a construction dumpster ahead of time. You can also save money by segregating the materials that can still be used and by recycling, upcycling, or reusing these materials.

Inspect, Maintain, and Store Your Equipment Properly

Whether you’re talking about simple handheld power tools or big machinery such as cranes and forklifts, it’s important to inspect them before using them to ensure that they are in good working condition. Faulty equipment may not only cause damage to your project, but they may also potentially put lives in danger.

It’s also important that you’re able to maintain your equipment to preserve its longevity and optimal performance, while proper storage will help protect your equipment from the elements, which may increase the rate of deterioration of your equipment. As a general rule, a good storage place is one that’s dry, sheltered from the elements, and secure from theft.

 

The matter of safety is one that should never be overlooked. No matter how complex or simple a project may be, builders should always ensure that their construction site is safe to avoid unnecessary complications and expenses. While there are many more things to keep in mind these are the general measures that should form as your foundation for good construction management habits.

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