Modular Home Safety Tips
For the sake of everyone – family, friends, neighbors, and visitors – please observe these four modular home safety tips
Modular Home Safety Tips for Set day
A modular home set should be an exciting event. The last thing you want is for someone to be seriously hurt. With a crane that can weigh up to 150 tons, swinging a long boom and cable strapped to a module weighing 8 to 20 tons, there is a potential for injury. Friends, family, and other spectators should be kept away from the set crew and crane.
Modular Home Safety Tips for Immediately after the Set
The general contractor (GC) must do everything he can to ensure that the house is safe as soon as possible after the set. To protect against accidental falls, the GC should build a set of temporary steps to one of the doors, which will be used by the homeowners, contractors, suppliers, and inspectors until the GC builds finished stairs later. The GC should barricade or sheath over the rough opening framed in the floor for the basement stairs. If the home has a balcony overlooking a vaulted or cathedral area, the GC should install a temporary barricade or railing system to prevent someone from tumbling over the edge. A temporary cover should be secured to the top of the basement bulkhead. After the set, the site will have some materials that contain strips of wood with nails or staples. These should be picked up and placed with the trash.
Modular Home Safety Tips for Alcohol and Drugs
The GC should have a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol or drugs on the job site. The homeowners can support the GC in this regard by not bringing any alcohol to the site for the GC’s employees or subcontractors. If the homeowners supply alcohol, They could be liable for any resulting injuries that occurred on the job site.
Modular Home Safety Tips for Underground Utilities
Before digging, the GC should contact the appropriate authorities to determine if your property contains underground utilities (gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, or cable). If it does, he needs to have their locations marked so that they will not be disturbed during construction. And if you received instructions from a local, state, or federal board that governs wetland protection, the GC must follow the instructions exactly as written. For more about modular home safety tips, see The General Contractor’s Responsibilities for Building a Modular Home in my book The Modular Home.