Jobsite Safety Handbook focuses on keeping Homebuilders Safe

June 04, 2012

Builder working on roofSomething that homeowners don’t always think about when having a custom home built or having work done on their existing home is worker safety. However, avoiding injury is a major concern for home builders. In 2010, 774 fatalities occurred in the construction sector according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Builderbooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has released the third edition of its Jobsite Safety Handbook which explains what builders can do to comply with OSHA requirements.

The book focuses on how residential builders and trade contractors can reduce accidents and injuries by identifying safe work practices and related OSHA regulations.

“Utilizing safe work practices on a jobsite is of the utmost importance to our members,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg. “The Jobsite Safety Handbook covers key safety issues and provides concise tips for complying with OSHA regulations, and preventing jobsite hazards.”

The Jobsite Safety Handbook features updated information on topics including:

• Fall protection for roofing work and around openings
• Hearing and respiratory protection
• Working in confined spaces
• First aid
• Hazardous materials
• Housekeeping and general site safety
• Employer duties, including training and protective equipment

The “fatal four” of the construction industry are: falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught in/between an object(s).

“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis at a speech for last month’s Workers Memorial Day. “These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day’s pay for a hard day’s work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families, and get home in one piece.”

The Jobsite Safety Handbook, Third Edition is available for purchase at http://www.builderbooks.com/ or by calling 800-223-2665.

Categories: Education, NAHB

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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