The result of a home improvement project is something you look forward to and that makes the project fun. Injuries can however turn the experience into a nightmare in the blink of an eye, and also bringing the whole project into a sudden halt.
Regardless of who is carrying out the project – a professional or a homeowner himself– injuries are real and can impact more than just the project at hand. If you have been hurt, get in touch with a local attorney to investigate the circumstances of your injury and file a compensation claim. If you are only trying to protect yourself from potential accidents at the worksite, these five tips are a good place to start:
1. Wear protective gear
Depending on the project in question and the kind of materials and tools you are expected to handle, be sure to have all recommended protective gear before getting started. Common equipment includes safety goggles, proper footwear, gloves, and a hardhat. These are not only important for your general safety but will also come in handy in case you sustain an injury and have to file a lawsuit.
2. Give your body a stretch
This may sound unnecessary but it is important, given the fact that you may be required to use muscles that you do not exercise often. Give your hands a stretch, do a few squats, jog around the backyard, and go to the gym if you can. All these will relax your muscles and greatly reduce the risk of an injury during the project.
3. Take breaks
Working 8 hours straight on a home improvement project will surely reduce the number of days you spend on the project, but, unfortunately, at the expense of your body’s wellbeing. For one, working with an exhausted body and mind will have a negative impact on the quality of your work. Overexerting yourself may cause muscle injuries that may render you underproductive for a long time or even lead you to the physiotherapist.
4. Work with someone
We all know the perks of teamwork. It gets the job done faster and ideas are easier to come up with. The overall results of a project done by more than one person are likely to be more impressive than those of a project done by just one person.
Moreover projects involving two or more people are likely to result in fewer injuries. This is down to the simple fact that danger can be perceived more easily with the help of an extra pair of eyes.
5. The project area should be well ventilated
This is particularly important if you are working in an enclosed room. Fumes from stains, aerosol cans, and paints can all be harmful if inhaled. Keep windows open at all times or use the substances in an open area whenever you can. If none of these is possible, consider using ventilation equipment, wear a fume mask, and give yourself frequent breaks from the project site for a breath of fresh air.