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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Health & Safety SOS! Living On A Building Site

Are you doing work on your house? Are you in the midst of major renovation work? Or are you starting from scratch and building your own home? If so, it’s incredibly important to bear some health and safety tips in mind. The last thing you want is an injury to set your plans back. If you’re living on a building site, here are some tips to keep you safe.

Know when to call in the professionals
You may have a keen interest in DIY. You probably want to save time and money on your build. But sometimes, you can’t do everything yourself. There are many jobs, which require professional skills and expertise. If there is a high risk of injuries and accidents, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. As a guide, you should never attempt structural work, complex plumbing or electrical jobs. If you attempt these tasks, you may do more harm than good, as well as putting your safety at risk.

Undertake training
Are you overseeing your home build? Are you eager to get involved? If you’ve got equipment on site or want to help out with interior jobs, consider undertaking training. You could take classes in bricklaying or plastering, for example. If you’re looking into tractor or scissor lift hire, learn how to use machinery safely to get the best out of it.

Keep out of restricted areas
Are there parts of your home cordoned off at the moment? Are there areas of the site plastered with ‘no entry’ signs? If so, use your common sense, follow the guidelines, and steer clear. If you stray into restricted areas, you run the risk of injury. If you are entering the site, for example, to check progress with your contractor, wear a hard hat.

Move away from the action
If you’re building a new home, it’s a good idea to keep away from the action. Many people choose to set up a caravan or a mobile home on the plot while the building work is underway. This enables you to use the land you’ve bought without having to actually move into the home while work is ongoing. Setting up away from the site will be safer and quieter. As your home nears its completion date, you can decide when you want to move in. You may wish to move and finish the minor jobs once you’re in and settled. Or you could wait until everything is finished and then relocate.

Living with forklifts, tractors, and cranes can be noisy and there’s also a risk of accidents. If you’re renovating an old house or building a new one, it’s wise to be wary of health and safety risks. Make sure the site is secured and properly managed. Keep away from cordoned off areas, and use safety equipment. If you’ve hired machinery, or you’re keen to help out, ensure you know exactly what you’re doing. Ask for guidance or leave it to the experts if you’re not sure.

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