Almost half of the fatalities in the residential construction industry between 2003 and 2010 were from falls. Sadly, these deaths were mostly preventable through improved safety training and practices on the job site. Your new residential construction contractors need to know about safety while working, including how to prevent falls.
Fall Hazards in New Residential Construction
Fall hazards are not only with skyrise or multistory construction. Homes with basements pose a fall hazard for those working on higher levels. Even digging for a foundation or creating trenches for laying plumbing work pose fall hazards on new construction sites. Roofing work is another common cause of falls on new residential work sites.
Fall Prevention in New Residential Construction
Workers need to know how to avoid hazards and protect themselves from falls. OSHA defines fall hazards as anything where someone might fall six feet or more. Therefore, workers need protection on job sites such as guardrails, fall arrest systems, or safety nets. The type of protection taken depends on the work the contractor is doing. For instance, safety nets can protect a large group of roofers. Individual fall protection systems may work better for roofers installing rafters.
Scaffolds provide workers with larger, more stable surfaces to work on, preventing falls from ladders. These devices are handy for interior and exterior work at all stages of construction because multiple contractors can use them.
Safety and Your Contractors
Your contractors must know about the safety guidelines for your site and take general safety precautions for their jobs. Our plumbing contractors at Plumbing Concepts have weekly safety gatherings to get updated on what they should be most aware of while working that week at their new residential construction sites. This type of contractor initiative in staying safe is exactly what you want to find in all the subs you hire for the work to prevent falls and other accidents.
Contact Plumbing Concepts for New Residential Construction Contractors Who Always Keep Safety in Mind
To keep your job site safe, start with contractors who have a history of working on new construction projects. At Plumbing Concepts, we’ve worked on homes across Southern California, helping to build thousands of homes. Safety is one of our core competencies. Contact us to learn more about our new construction work and to request references. You’ll appreciate our safety-conscious plumbing contractors.