Job Site Safety in Residential Construction

There is nothing more crucial in the construction industry than ensuring the safety of all workers while on site. An unsafe job site means that both the builder and the homeowner are bound to run into several issues. From delays in schedules to injuries on the job, unsafe conditions are something we here at SUMAC Construction find unacceptable.

Construction site safety protection

The construction industry is a risky business if safety procedures are not adhered to. There are several ways to mitigate risk in construction and subcontractor project management in San Diego County, CA, including but not limited to:

  • Head protection [Standard 29 CFR 1926.100(a)(1)]: Employees are always in danger of falling objects hitting their head. Wearing a hard hat on site provides an essential barrier between a hard object and an employee’s head.
  • Eye and face protection [Standard CFR 1926.102(a)(1)]: Small pieces of debris and dust can pose a danger, especially while working with power tools. Protective eyewear is important to always have on hand.
  • General safety/inspections [Standard 29 CFR 1926.20(b)(2)]: There should always be a safety coordinator to inspect the materials, the equipment and the job site itself. This practice helps to reduce the day-to-day hazards that workers can experience.
  • Portable ladders not extended three feet above landing [Standard 29 CFR 1926. 1053(b)(1)(1,452)]: 80 percent of fall injuries treated in an emergency room involve a ladder. If the ladder is too short to meet the three-foot requirement, the top of the ladder must be fastened to a secure support and the employer must add a grab rail or similar grasping device to the ladder to help workers mount and dismount it.
  • Fall protection [Standard 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13)]: Fall protection must be provided for residential construction workers just like it is required in the commercial industry. This can include but is not limited to safety nets, guard rails and personal fall arrest systems. An analysis of job-specific hazards must be conducted, and workers must be properly trained.
  • Aerial lifts [Standard 29 CFR 1926.453(b)(2)v]: Reports indicate that about two dozen workers die each year from accidents that are related to aerial lifts. In order to avoid related injuries, fall protection is always enacted on job sites. Body belts must be attached to any operators working from an elevated height.
  • Scaffolds [Standard 29 CFR 1926.451(g)(1)]: Employers must provide fall protection for employees, not unlike working with an aerial lift. Any height below 10 feet does not require fall protection. Scaffolding must be properly tethered to a structure.

This is a list of the greatest safety concerns all home remodeling contractors in San Diego County, CA should be vigilant about addressing. Safety practices are not limited to this list. Because this is a crucial component of a successful construction project, contractors should consider adding a safety manager to ensure all projects are up to code.

Safety is SUMAC Construction’s #1 concern!

SUMAC Construction holds weekly safety meetings for all its employees. We are happy to report that we have an extremely low rate of injuries reported on jobs, which is directly related to the fact that we regularly train our employees. There are numerous things that can go wrong on a job site. Rest assured that SUMAC Construction mitigates potential problems through careful, methodical approaches.

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