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Construction Insurance Bulletin


By January 1, 2013No Comments

Using safety equipment that’s appropriate, well maintained, and in good shape can keep minor accidents in home construction from turning into serious – and costly – injuries. The National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration offer these safety tips for residential builders:

Head Protection

  • Make sure that your workers wear hard hats when overhead, falling, or flying hazards exist, or when there’s a danger of electrical shock.
  • Inspect hard hats routinely for dents, cracks, or deterioration.
  • After a hard hat has taken a heavy blow or electrical shock, replace it even if you detect no visible damage.
  • Maintain hard hats in good condition. Don’t drill, clean with strong detergents or solvents, paint, or store hats in extreme temperatures.

Eye and Face

  • Workers must wear safety glasses or face shields for welding, cutting, nailing (including pneumatic), or when working with concrete and/or harmful chemicals.
  • Because eye and face protectors are designed for particular hazards, be sure to select the type that matches the danger.
  • Replace poorly fitting or damaged safety glasses.


  • Make sure that residential construction workers wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles (to prevent slipping and puncture wounds).
  • Require safety-toed shoes to prevent crushed toes when working with heavy rolling equipment or falling objects.


  • High-quality gloves can prevent injury.
  • Gloves should fit snugly.
  • Glove gauntlets should be taped for working with fiberglass materials.
  • Workers should always wear the right gloves for the job. For example, they’ll need heavy-duty rubber gloves for concrete work and welding gloves for welding.

Fall Protection

  • High-quality gloves can prevent injury.
  • Use a safety harness system for fall protection.
  • Use body belts only as positioning devices – not for fall protection.