Construction workers need to work safely and as fast as possible. When considering drywall and production, what could drywall hangers do to make their jobs easier and still maintain safety and a high production rate?
With drywall stilts, workers are better able to achieve height and balance while reducing fatigue, however, there are risks involved. With this in mind, the question now becomes how to address safety and productivity.
Leg Straps and Bracing
Choose a comfortable pair of plastering stilts constructed to the highest standards. However, before you take on wearing even the best drywall stilts, you should know the proper steps to take to be safe on stilts.
- Inspect the bolts to prevent falls
- Step on even surfaces
- Avoid bending or leaning and climbing
- Strap the stilts correctly
- Practice walking in them
Some of most common mistakes workers make is wearing damaged stilts or stilts which have missing pieces. Some drywall installers fall due to slippery or uneven surfaces but more so, trip over tools and debris.
Clear the Work Area
Too many construction workers report injuring themselves. In light of this, demand workers clear excess boxes, cords and equipment not in use. In addition, speak with employees to ensure everyone knows how to fall on stilts.
OSHA encourages everyone to be safe on stilts, however, forbids the use of stilts in California. Be advised that a fall resulting in serious injury impacts productivity and may evoke a visit from OSHA in other states, especially in the case of guardrails.
The goal of any contractor is to get the job done as quickly as possible and without injury to anyone. Nonetheless, incident reports are mainly due to cluttered areas and faulty equipment. Ways to reduce chances are to make sure the bolts on stilts are secure, have all their parts and the wearer is confident.