Metal buildings are often less expensive and easier to put up than traditional stick-frame buildings, but erecting a metal building still involves work. It's just as important to keep yourself and everyone else involved safe when erecting a metal building as when building a non-metal building. Here are five pieces of safety equipment that will help you keep everyone safe.
A Forklift or Crane
You'll need a forklift on-site to unload all the components of the building. They're too heavy to unload by hand or with dollies, even if you have a bunch of people ready to help out. Of course, the person operating the forklift should be licensed to do so.
If there are beams that are too large for a forklift, or if you're erecting the building in a place that a forklift can't access, then you'll need to use a crane to unload the metal parts. Using a crane will significantly increase your construction costs. Renting a crane can run between $100 and $600 per hour, while a forklift can be had for just $100 to $700 per day.
Everyone who is involved in putting up the metal building should have work gloves. Metal pieces can have sharp edges. Work gloves protect people's hands, which are most at risk of being cut or scraped by a metal edge.
Several people will have to go to the top of the metal building to secure the walls together and put the roof on. Even if the building is just one story, anyone who is up at roof height should wear a safety harness. When trying to finagle two metal components together, it's easy to become unbalanced. A safety harness that's properly secured to a stationary object will keep anyone from falling.
The different metal pieces will have to be screwed or riveted together. When putting screws and rivets on, little metal shavings can come off of metal components. Safety goggles protect people's eyes from any shavings that go flying.
Any time people are working on a construction site, they should be wearing a hard hat. Hard hats provide protection against anything that may fall, including tools, metal parts and screws.
Accidents when constructing metal buildings aren't common, but it's important to always protect yourself and others from potential mishaps. Make sure you have the right equipment, and enough of it, to keep everyone working with you safe.