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Design Errors: Builders Beware!
Safety consultant Robert Tuman has inspected more than 1,000 completed buildings (as well as buildings under construction) during his 30-year career. In a recent article for Property/, he shared these horror stories of design errors that could easily have resulted in serious injury or death to construction workers:
  • "Case No. 1: On my way to inspecting a roofing client. I found a roof hatch opening only 6 inches from the unprotected roof edge, with no room for a guardrail or any type of protection from a 60-foot fall.
  • Case No. 2: I saw workers walking on glass panels and the metal ribs supporting them in the middle of an all-glass barrel roof 75 feet above a pedestrian atrium in order to replace broken panels.
  • Case No. 3: While inspecting a building under construction, I observed eight shaky frames of occupied pipe staging which were not tied into the building - a clear violation of OSHA rules that requires tying staging into a building at the fourth vertical frame, and then every 26 feet vertically."
To protect your workers from the costly, dangerous - even potentially fatal - risks that can easily arise from flawed building designs, we'd recommend that you hire a consultant to help you develop and implement a comprehensive risk management plan for you and the building owner to sign. This program should include workplace safety rules, corrective actions to take, and a method for providing feedback on unsafe conditions. To get worker buy-in to the plan, stress the fact that they'll be keeping themselves, their builders and their teammates, safe. As always, our agency's Construction insurance specialists stand ready to offer their advice.  
Shawna Kreis
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