Safe Building Techniques

Almost all new houses built-in New Zealand news wooden frame use wooden framing, using timber extracted and build from New Zealand exotic pine forests. All the timber used in the framing is treated, and provided the frame goes up quickly and the roof is put on before the frame gets too wet then the timber should dry out nicely and not move at all after the house is built.

The frame gets delivered to the site with all the walls and roof trusses premade in a factory, and once the concrete floor has been poured and has been cured for 2 to 3 days in the frame can be erected very quickly indeed. What’s the frame is up and has been firmly connected to the floor and the other frames then under New Zealand law scaffolding must be erected around the entire house. Old style builders may scoff it was apparent extreme level of safety, but the law is the law, and all new houses must have a safe working environment inside and outside the house for the workers.

Accident statistics speak volumes, and the level of accidents due to falls on a building site have been reduced enormously since the introduction of this law. The requirement for scaffolding obviously adds a delay to the project and adds not insignificant cost, but the return on investment is real given that huge long term cost of any accident.

All building sites must also have very clear signage on the front fence explaining that the site is it dangerous area and listing the dangerous. Or building sites must also be completely fenced off to prevent random individuals from entering the site. This can appear to be overkill to old style builders, but when taken in conjunction with the other safely steps that creates a safety mentality for everybody on the site and the results definitely show this.

Old style builders can be very dismissive of some of the other safety steps, including installing hooks around the ceiling years of every room so that netting can be hung while builders Christchurch are working in the roof space. The law surrounding the safety netting is a direct result of analysis of long-term statistics for work site accidents. The meeting is only removed once the roof has been installed and no more work as needed inside the roof space.

The combination of secure fencing, good standard safety signage, scaffolding around the entire house, internal netting and a constant focus on safe behaviour means that accidents on building sites have decreased dramatically in New Zealand over the last few years. The foreman or team leader also must lead a safety discussion at the start of each day, so that all risks are identified and safety steps decided on. Whenever a new subcontractor comes on site then the building team leader must repeat the same message to the new subcontractor.

One disadvantage for the new homeowner is that they are no longer allowed to wander through the site whenever they want to in order to check building progress. This is a small price to pay for the increased safety for all workers in the site.

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