According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls rank among the top four causes of death in construction work, and building stairs can be extremely dangerous. But you can make your workers safe by using simple building safety practices.
Every year, thousands of workers are injured falling from stairs and landings and through stairwells. Workers often take safety for granted when they’re building stairs, because they don’t consider a fall from only a few feet dangerous, but a fall from just 4 feet is enough to cause a debilitating injury, and a fall from over 6 feet can be fatal.
Besides putting workers at risk of serious injury, poor safety practices on stairways and around stairwells can come with a high price tag for the builder. OSHA fines range from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars for repeat offenders and can raise a builder's insurance rates. If an accident occurs, work can stop on the job site during an investigation, and the builder can lose a productive member of the team.
That's why whenever stairs are part of a home's design, it's a best practice to make sure workers are following stair-safety procedures. Here are a few standard procedures to follow when building stairs:
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