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Building sites can be dangerous places and are especially vulnerable over the Christmas shutdown. Good project managers will make sure your builders manage the risks if your site is unoccupied this December, here are a few or our safety tips.
1) Check for any potential risks on your building site
Your contractors should carry out checks to ensure that scaffolding is secure and materials are well tied down.
2) Keep intruders out and make sure your neighbours know that your site is unoccupied
It’s obvious, but often forgotten, neighbours can be the best deterrent to intruders. If they know that the site is unoccupied and who to contact in an emergency, then someone who turns up in a high vis vest without permission to be on site will get short shrift!
3) Make sure your contractor is displaying a site board
Building sites can become attractive playgrounds but are dangerous and your main contractor has to take all practical steps to ensure that the site is secure. They should also display a site board with their contact details.
Make sure that your builder has all of the relevant permits for skips left on carriageways over the Christmas period. Remember that they are legally obliged to have warning lights on them and in some boroughs e.g. Royal Borough of Greenwich, skips have to been removed over the Christmas shutdown
5) Keep the boiler on
Often builders complete work that takes time to dry or “cure” just before the Christmas shut down. It’s worth considering leaving the heating on in an unoccupied house to speed up the drying process as well as ensuring those pipes don’t freeze.
If you would like to find out more about what our project managers can do to help you plan, build and complete your home renovation or build, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org on 01923 896550
Enjoy a peaceful and safe holiday this December!
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