Measure twice, cut once
A building site can be a dynamic place. When work starts on a new home, the trades onsite will tend to be discrete – the concrete pourers, the bricklayers and the carpenters carry the lion’s share working at separate times. But as the home progresses to lock up and completion, the work crew increases with plasterers, painters, electricians, plumbers, tilers, cabinet makers and many more doing their part.
In a new home, many of these jobs are not of themselves high risk work, meaning they don’t need special safety management plans and they may not need special equipment. But that doesn’t mean they are risk free. Power tools, ladders, mobile plant, leads and the like present a risk; the best safety plan is to take your time and pay attention at all times.
Measure twice, cut once. This old building adage should ring true for safety. Check twice, do it right.
Equally, in every home there are some jobs that will always be high risk. Working on ladders, working on scaffolding, standing on roofs, working on unfinished frames, lifting or moving heavy products with machinery around a site, cranes, excavators and concrete pumps, down to nail guns, angle grinders and their simple sharp edge blade. They all present hazards that need respect.
HIA has a long held position that doing the paperwork needed for site safety does not by itself make a site safe. The people, the supervision, the discipline and the work ethic is what counts.
As members begin to return to business as usual, and the numbers of people working on building sites increases, everyone needs to remember if you see something that doesn’t look right onsite, don’t just pass it by and think that’s not my responsibility – safety is a shared responsibility.
Take time, make space, slow down, stay safe – every life is precious.