Cover holes around homes and job sites

Holes around job sites and the home are responsible for thousands of trips, falls, and deaths yearly. Most, if not all, are senseless.

It’s obvious jobsites in general are hazardous, but holes left open are particularly dangerous if not marked or barricaded, because normally people are looking up at the structure or components in the building and are not looking down for holes.

The biggest uncovered holes are made by plumbers and foundation workers who want to ensure their projects have been properly inspected or functioning. Leaving trenches and holes are understandable if the project needs inspecting, but the problem is leaving them open without proper barricades or flags.

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In the early morning or late evening when light is lower, holes can blend in and it’s even worse if a trench or hole is dug close to the walking path of the project.  Ankles are quickly broken, and people have been impaled by such things like metal rebar for foundations. If you must leave a trench or hole exposed on your job site — flag it and barricade it properly.  

Another area of grave concern where dangerous holes are left open is in upstairs areas or bonus rooms. It is not uncommon to walk on a jobsite with two stories and find a large gaping hole in the second-story floor waiting for some type of HVAC ducting or plumbing.

These are particularly dangerous because a fall through a second-story hole normally leads to a serious injury, if not death. Please always nail temporary plywood over these holes and be sure the area is properly flagged and barricaded. If you have a project where you must walk around a second story hole in the floor, then you are asking for a bad accident.