Too many contractors don't know how to build guardrails properly.
January 8, 2013 by Alec Caldwell
I visited a job site recently, leaning on a guard rail I found it moving outward under my weight. Now I’m a standard size kind of person, but lack of nails was the issue holding it securely.
Recently it’s became apparent to me many in the home building or home renovation industry don’t know how to build guard rails correctly. Whether due to lack of training, supervision or simply it holds someone back from completing their day’s production quickly enough?
Ontario like most Provinces, guardrails must to be installed if a worker is exposed to falls of more than eight feet (2.4 metres) these rails have to be built within certain guidelines and standards and if you don’t know what these are, maybe it’s time you did and checked out these requirements at your Province’s Safety Board.
Everyone regardless of where you reside in Canada is required to complete a Fall Protection Awareness course, whether employees, sub contractors or sub trades. This course covers guardrail construction, fall restraint, fall arrest and more.
I believe it’s either the lack of current laws filtering down through the industry or simply compliancy by employers who presently get away with the types of safety sloppiness I encountered.
Factors that cause accidents are: shortcuts, snap decisions and complacency. Its about your safety and others who are working around you.
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