Every construction site has the potential to be a dangerous work space. The myriad of tools and hazards require that people ensure their safety. Working with metal stud framing has its own unique challenges, which can require that the worker remains extra diligent, not only to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them, but also to complete the job in a timely and accurate manner.
UNDERSTANDING THE HAZARDS
While metal framing is not sharp, it can pose unique risks to people working with it. Any piece of metal on a construction site should be handled with care in order to avoid the risk of cutting or hurting oneself. Additionally, metal framing requires that the handler be careful to avoid electrocution. Normally framing will be completed before electrical wiring is run through the frame, but on the rare occasion that maintenance is required, it is essential to make sure that there is no current running through any wires and that the frame is properly insulated from any outside hazards.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR SAFETY WHILE WORKING WITH METAL FRAMES
There are several essential items to wear when dealing with metal stud framing. Safety goggles will be essential to protect workers vision and to prevent metal flakes from entering their eyes. They should also be wearing gloves to prevent cuts or touching metal that may have been exposed to heat. Keeping one’s self physically safe is important in order to ensure safety for the rest of the crew.
It is also important to watch where frames and materials are stored. Keeping metal frames exposed to heat or the elements can degrade them and make them more dangerous to handle. The metal frames should be stored in a closed environment and not be placed standing up, in order to avoid risks of collapse.
Its also important to remember that the frames are designed to be easily cut and that it is possible for there to be jagged edges. Gloves will protect workers’ hands, but they should also be cautions of how they handle the frames to ensure that no one else runs the risk of being cut.
Finally, all tools should be monitored to make sure they are in good status and still safe to use. Pliers and cutters should be sufficiently sharp and drills should be charged and kept in a safe space until time of use.
Safety should be a priority on any job site. Ensuring that the framing for interior walls is installed safely is essential to completing a job correctly and in a timely manner. Our expertise allows us to understand exactly what needs to be done to ensure a safe and successful job.
Contact United Builders Service with any questions on framing your new construction.