Keeping Everyone Safe During a Home Improvement Project
Thousands of people are injured annually during the course of home improvement projects. Sadly, scores of people are killed as home improvements are underway. Accidents occur both during do-it-yourself home improvement projects as well as those being undertaken by professional contractors. Whether you are undertaking a home improvement project yourself or will hire others to do the work, safety is a key consideration. There are a number of important safety tips and strategies you must bear in mind when you make the decision to embark on a home improvement project.
Proper Safety Training is Job One
Time and again, accidents occur during a home improvement project because those involved in undertaking it simply did not receive appropriate training. A lack or proper advanced training before the commencement of a home improvement project isn’t confined to the do-it-yourself crowd. The shocking reality is that more that a few home improvement site accidents each year involve contractors with crews that made mistakes that very well could have been avoided with more thorough pre-job safety training.
On a related note, another reason why people are injured during the course of home improvement projects is because the worksite itself isn’t suitably safe. Unsafe home improvement worksites occur for a number of reasons, the primary ones being:
· lack of site safety training
· rushing to get a project underway or completed
· cutting corners to save time, money, or both
Particularly with a more extensive home renovation project with multiple sub-contractors involved in the process, professional on-site safety consulting is an advisable course. By engaging professional on-site safety assistance you place every one involved in a job in a far more secure status. Odds of an accident are likely to be reduced, and sharply so.
Proper Safety Gear
Appropriate safety gear for a home improvement project must never be an afterthought. The fact is that the lack of appropriate protective gear, coupled with the use of low-quality equipment of this nature, contributes to an significant number of unnecessary injuries and even deaths at home improvement job sites every year in the United States.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has helpful and reliable resources you can access when it comes to ensuring that you make the right decisions when it comes to protective equipment or safety gear for a job. You can access these vital resources directly from the OSHA website. In addition, you can reach out to a regional OSHA office for additional guidance in regard to proper safety gear.
Use Proper Tools and Equipment
Once you’ve safety gear in line, you need to confirm that you have lined up the proper equipment for the home improvement tasks at hand. With surprising regularity, improper equipment is used to take on a home improvement task. This is done in hopes that “something close enough is going to work.” While this may be the case to some degree, using equipment for an unapproved purpose presents a significant safety risk in many cases.
The reality is that the use of equipment for an unintended purpose can create a significant safety issue. Moreover, what happens time and again when the right equipment is not used on a project is the need to correct what was done. In other words, equipment thought to be “good enough” proves to be “not good at all.” The bottom line in such a situation is a delay in project completion coupled with an increase in the costs associated with a home improvement project. Indeed, the delay and cost increase oftentimes both approve to be significant.
Safely Store Tools and Equipment When Not in Use
Yet another safety practice that must be emphasized is the need to properly store tools when not in use. This means store them not only when the work day comes to an end but when a particular tool or piece of equipment is not in use. A common cause of an accident at a home improvement job site is someone accessing a tool or piece of equipment that has been left out and unattended. Sadly, individuals most likely to do this are inquisitive children. In many ways, nothing is sadder than a child injured during a home improvement project.