Holes around construction sites and around the home are responsible for thousands of trips, falls and deaths every year. Most, if not all, are insane.
It is obvious that construction sites in general are dangerous, but holes left open are particularly dangerous if they are not marked or barricaded, because people normally look at the building structure or components and do not look for the holes.
The larger uncovered holes are made by plumbers and foundation workers who want to make sure their projects have been properly inspected or are working. It is understandable to leave trenches and holes if the project needs to be inspected, but the problem is to leave them open without proper barricades or flags.
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Early in the morning or late in the evening, when the light is lower, the holes can merge and it is even worse if a trench or a hole is dug near the project’s walking path. Pegs are quickly broken and people have been impaled by things such as metal rebar for foundations. If you must leave a trench or hole exposed on your job site, mark it and barricade it properly.
Another area of serious concern where dangerous holes are left open is in upstairs areas or bonus rooms. It’s not uncommon to walk into a two story job site and find a large gaping hole in the floor of the second story waiting for some type of HVAC duct or plumbing.
These are particularly dangerous as a fall into a second story hole normally results in serious injury or even death. Always nail temporary plywood over these holes and ensure the area is properly marked and barricaded. If you have a project where you have to walk around a second floor hole in the ground, then you are asking for a serious accident.
It is very common, especially in Florida, to install skylights or off-ridge vents in the roof. Skylights provide excellent natural light for the home, and off-ridge vents can help cool attics in the summer heat.
To dry a roof before installing the finished roof, a contractor will run a felt or synthetic roofing product over the roof to protect the interior from a sudden rainstorm. It’s understandable, but when the felt is laid over an exposed hole, it looks like the other part of the roof – solid with plywood.
Many roofers have fallen through a skylight hole or a felt-lined vent hole, resulting in serious injury or death. It’s one of the dumbest things done on any job site. Never cover a hole in the roof with only felt or shingle underlayment.
Septic tanks and pits around your home can be deadly, especially for children. Each year, an estimated 50 children die from falling into uncovered septic tanks and around a dozen from falling into well holes.
Children love to play outdoors, and septic tanks and uncovered wells are places they can explore. These accidents are horrific in nature and normally result from a homeowner not hiring the proper professionals to service their wells or septic systems. These deaths do not take into account all the serious injuries to limbs that occur when people fall or stumble into these uncovered wells and septic tanks.
If you have septic tank problems at your home or business, please ensure that all open hole areas are barricaded and monitored until the work is complete and never leave a septic tank or pit. unsupervised open well. A curious little kid in the neighborhood could perish because you didn’t do the right thing.
Finally, holes of all kinds around your home are dangerous. Injuries and deaths from falls and trips are plentiful and can be easily prevented by properly covering holes, barricading, flagging, or better yet, performing annual monitoring.
Leaving even an abandoned animal hole in your yard could break a person’s ankle and create a lifelong disability. Walk around your house and property and cover the holes.
Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc., and he is also the host of the show “Around the House” which can be seen on AroundtheHouse.TV.