Growth in the Australian construction industry has led to increased competition among construction contractors. Every construction firm wants a piece of the cake. Due to the structural strength of steel, most developers use it as part of their building materials. However, developers only work with construction contractors that observe safety guidelines prescribed by the Australian Steel Institute. It entails taking certain precautions when erecting steel structures. This article provides safety pointers when working with steel erection equipment.
Clean Beam Clamps Regularly
Depending on the project you are working on, you will work with either painted or unpainted steel beams. If the poles are going to be used in exposed areas such as atriums, the painted types are desirable because of the added aesthetic value. However, since you are going to use beam clamps to raise the painted steel beams, the paint will build upon the clamp's gripping teeth. Failure to clear the build-up can lead to a slippery beam clamp, thereby increasing chances of falling beams. Therefore, make sure that you check the beam clamp teeth for paint regularly and clean any build up. It will ensure safety around the steel erection job site.
Remember to Brace Rigid Frames
Operating under strict deadlines can leave steel erectors feeling tired. It can increase the chances of the workers forgetting to brace rigid steel frames that have been put up when leaving the work site for the night. It is dangerous because failure to use steel frame bracing equipment can have devastating effects. For instance, variable high winds can bring down an unbraced steel frame, consequently causing damage to surrounding structures. Therefore, you should ensure that the people erecting the steel always brace unfinished rigid steel frames for safety reasons.
Clear the Steel Erection Vicinity
The area surrounding a steel erection worksite must always be free of unrelated activities. For example, any heavy construction machines supplying building materials should use other routes when making deliveries. The reason for this is that you can never rule out the possibility that steel plates and beams will fall. If a steel beam falls, the free space will prevent damages and accidents. Nonetheless, if the worksite is cramped and busy, you should ensure that there are several exits. It will allow trucks and other equipment to steer clear of the steel erection site and enhance safety.
Contact a steel erection equipment provider for more information about how to use the equipment safely.