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Making Housekeeping a Priority On-Site


You know that at Pheifer Brothers, the job site can become hectic with our many workers and multiple contractors performing distinct operations simultaneously. Imagine the chaos that would result if these groups did not clean up after themselves. The site would become a hazardous obstacle course as trash and debris piled up and walking from one point to another would mean navigating through a mess of extension cords, hoses, materials, nails, and screws. It would not only be aggravating; it would be very dangerous, considering that slips, trips, and falls are the most common cause of injury on the job site. And inadequate housekeeping is a major contributing factor in most of these accidents.


What is Housekeeping?

Avoiding dangerous conditions like those described above requires a commitment to housekeeping by every individual on our team. Good housekeeping means constant vigilance. Remove any object or material that obstructs a pathway on-site and take care of any other materials that could pose a possible hazard for co-workers. This includes the following:

  • Extension cords

  • Hand tools

  • Hoses

  • Materials

  • Debris

  • Nails and screws

  • Water or spills

  • Sawdust

  • Always be on the lookout for materials that could present a tripping hazard. 


Do Your Part

Follow these housekeeping tips to keep yourself and your co-workers safe.

  • Limit the number of materials and chemicals on-site to the quantities that you will need.

  • Store tools and materials out of the way in storage bins or lockers.

  • Keep flammable or hazardous wastes in covered, segregated waste containers.

  • Never throw waste, materials, or tools from a building or structure – always use debris chutes.

  • Place warning signs in wet or muddy areas that could pose a slipping hazard.

  • Place protective guards across areas where workers could fall or face an impalement hazard.

  • Control muddy areas using gravel, boards, or plywood.


Our Commitment to You

At Pheifer Brothers, we put your safety first. If you have any doubts about the security of your worksite – regarding housekeeping or any other issue – do not hesitate to talk to your supervisor.


Provided by: Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

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