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Steel Building Construction: Dressing for Safety

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January 12, 2016

Follow OSHA Guidelines for Construction Site Safety

Job safety is the joint responsibility of ALL those at a pre-engineered steel building construction site. Everyone present needs to avoid hazards and to prevent injuries during construction.

Insist that workers wear protective gear at all times.

Construction SafetySo what do the safely dressed wear at a metal building construction site? Here are a few of the must-haves for well-dressed steel building construction worker:

GLOVES: Protect hands at the steel building site by wearing heavy-duty work gloves.

BOOTS: Workers should all wear sturdy work boots with strong ankle support. Steel-toed boots are safest. Wear boots with rubber soles when installing roof panels.

GOGGLES: OSHA-approved eye protection must be worn when using drills or saws on the job site.

HARD HATS: EVERYONE at the job site—including workers— must wear OSHA-approved hard hats at all times to protect from head injuries caused by falling objects.

MASKS: When installing insulation, workers should wear dust masks, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves to reduce the amount of contact with fiberglass.

General Safety Tips for Steel Building Construction

  • Be sure all employees know the safest way handle the pre-engineered building components and erect the steel framing.
  • Repeat safety procedures daily.
  • Caution everyone at the site to be constantly vigilant about what they are doing, as well as what other workers are doing near them.
  • Be sure everyone notes the location of any electrical wires on the site.
  • Keep a first aid kit, emergency numbers, and directions to the closest emergency medical facility readily available at the site.
  • Caution workers and others on location about weather-related dangers— especially high winds, lightning, or precipitation
  • The sharp edges of metal sheeting can cut fingers. Be especially careful handling steel sheets in windy conditions. High wind may catch unsecured metal sheeting even at ground level, knocking an unsuspecting worker to the ground.
  • Manufacturers sometimes apply oil or wax to steel panels before shipping. Wipe all panels clean before installation.
  • Unsecured roof sheets may slip when stepped on, triggering falls.
  • Dew, frost, or other precipitation on panels increases the chance of slips or falls.
  • Never use electrical tools when standing on wet surfaces!

Building Safe

With conscientious precautions and adherence to all OSHA standards, your steel building construction site can be safe and injury free. For more information, consult OSHA Safety and Health Regulations for the Construction Industry.

For a fast and friendly metal building quote, call RHINO Steel Building Systems today. Use our toll free number: 888.320.7466. Talk to one of our experienced metal building specialists about your next construction project or about proper construction apparel.


- by Mat Brown,

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