Top 3 Drywall Safety Hazards – and How to Avoid Them
Working with drywall usually requires fast-paced work, making it easy to overlook necessary safety precautions. At Tradesman Drywall, we take safety seriously. In the coming weeks, we plan to offer a series of videos to help prevent injuries on the job.
Today, we will talk about the top drywall safety hazards, so those who work with drywall can take appropriate steps to avoid them.
Number 1. Strains and Falls.
Lifting sheets of drywall followed by repeated bending and twisting can add stress on the back and body. While this is unavoidable, it can be managed by using a few safety precautions. When possible, use lifts and drywall carts that can reduce some of the lifting. When lifting and carrying drywall, maintain correct posture and form to avoid strains on the body. It is also important to ensure that the job site is clear of any hazards that may cause workers to trip while on the job.
Number 2. Injuries Due to Improper Attire.
Take proper precaution on the job site by employing the basics well. This would include wearing protective footwear and gloves that allow for a firm grip. Wearing a hard hat to prevent any head injuries that could take place while lifting objects overhead. And, when necessary, wearing earplugs, a face mask, and safety glasses to prevent any injuries.
Number 3. Breathing dust.
Sanding drywall compound can expose drywall finishers to dust which can cause respiratory irritation and breathing difficulties. It can be worsened if silica is present, which can even cause lung cancer. While there are several workplace measures that can be taken to reduce this risk (wet sanding, vacuum sanding systems), it’s always a good idea to wear a protective mask to prevent breathing in harmful substances.