No job is so important if it can’t be done Safely!





Habitat requires that you protect your eyes with safety glasses when using power tools. Habitat also advises that safety glasses be used when nailing. Use ear and eye protection when using power saws for prolonged periods of time. Wear clothing appropriate for the task. Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes around power saws. Wear work boots that protect from falling objects, have a non-slip sole, and that resist nail penetration. Hard hats are required when working in an area where items could fall or be dropped from above. Guards on saws must be in place and operating. Tools must be in a safe condition. Speak up if something looks unsafe. An observer can spot danger quicker than a worker. Don’t lift beyond your strength. Bend your knees and lift with your legs. Know where the drinking water and first aid kit are located. Tell your Team Leader immediately in the event of an injury. Select the correct tool for your work. Carry only those you need. Think and concentrate on your task. If you are uncertain about how to do a task, or how to operate a power tool, ask your Team Leader. Remove nails from discarded lumber. Don’t leave loose objects on the roof or on ladders or scaffolding. Keep your tools in your tool belt when they are not in use. When working on a roof, secure all building materials (felt, shingles, plywood, nails, etc.) to prevent items from sliding off. Sweep sawdust and debris off the roof frequently. Let workers below know when you are sweeping or throwing materials off the roof.

Power Saws. Avoid “binding” the blade of any saw. When a blade binds it kicks the saw back toward the operator. Use two hands to hold a circular saw. Firmly secure / hold the material being cut. Ask someone for help when cutting large pieces of material. Make sure you have solid footing. Don’t overreach. Keep electric cords out of the way of the saw.

Ladders. Use a ladder that will reach the work. An extension ladder should extend three feet (3′) above the step-off point. Move the ladder with your work. Avoid overreaching. The base of an extension ladder should be 1′ out from wall for every 4′ of height. Place step ladders on solid, level footing. Don’t work at a height beyond which you are comfortable. S

Scaffolding. Scaffolding should be placed only on solid, level footing. Dig down if necessary. Don’t stack loose material (scrap lumber, bricks, concrete blocks, etc.) under scaffolding legs to level. Use leg leveling devices provided with the scaffolding. Make sure that walk boards are fastened securely and are adequate for the number of workers on the scaffolding. Don’t work at a height beyond which you are comfortable.

Utility Knives. Keep hands out of the path of the blade. Always retract the blade when not in use.

Trash /Rubbish & Debris. Keep the work area clean. Re-stack unused building materials or serviceable scraps. Put all trash and debris in a trash container or a designated trash area. Sweep out the house regularly.


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