How to Maintain Safety as You Work

By Martin Hart on Fri 06 March 2020

Building or installing in the home can come with a lot of safety issues, as it can on any work site. But, the home, in particular, is often a smaller space that is designed for living and not workplace safety. As a result, there may actually be more hazards working in a client’s home than anywhere else. So, how do you ensure that you maintain safety standards throughout your work?

Working at Height

Hazards working at height are a major problem in any workspace. This is especially the case working in a space that may require you to work at a home without safe supervision or help. You should always maintain good safety practices at height, eliminating any unnecessary risk and ensuring that your work is done as safely as possible. In the case of an accident, it is also important you know the best course of action. If you fall, do not move even if you believe you have not been injured. Shock can fool you even if you have seriously injured yourself. Call for help instead.

Confined Spaces

A home is not as large as many of the commercial properties you may also work on from time to time. It is a tighter space, meaning a problem may be harder to fix straight away as you may be restricted. You should always assess what you can and cannot do in a smaller space. If you expect to have fumes or a strong smell always ensure there is appropriate ventilation, etc.


This does not only encompass the hazard of an electrical shock whilst working. In fact, in the home, you may be much more vulnerable to the problem of extension cords. You may be working in a space – a bathroom perhaps – that does not have electrical outlets and requires the use of an extension cord. This creates an added hazard for both you and the residents of the home itself. Not knowing about the cord can lead to a huge trip hazard, so always ensure that you inform your clients of the potential danger and ask them to remove themselves from the area as much as possible in order to ensure safety.

Prevent Don’t React

It is always better to be prepared for the worst case scenario than it is to have to deal with the aftermath. This may involve wearing the correct protective gear, ensuring your equipment is up to code or simply ensuring that your working environment is as safe as you can possibly make it prior to starting work.

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