Super Stud Building Products, Inc., the multi-regional steel framing and accessories manufacturer, is participating in this year’s Safety Week events by offering some steel framing tips for contractors and installers of steel framing.
Super Stud values the opportunity to share the organization’s commitment to jobsite safety with our contractors and design professionals. Super Studs’ manufacturing facilities in Edison, New Jersey and Hattiesburg, Mississippi will also be participating in week-long safety activities.
For 2019, Safety Week focuses on the theme Safe By Choice. As stated in the mission of this year’s Safety Week, “Every day, we step into offices and onto job sites ready for another day’s work. In our roles, we face hundreds of choices, but none are more important than our choice to work safe. We hold ourselves accountable to our decisions and the actions and results that follow. To act otherwise is unacceptable. When we focus on safety, we protect ourselves, our families, and the communities in which we live and work. As individuals, project teams, companies and an entire industry, we are safe by choice.”
At Super Stud, we strive to ensure a safe environment at our production facilities. The products we make also contribute to the safety and wellbeing of tradesmen and women in the field. The EDGETM drywall safety framing system dramatically reduces the risk of cuts and lacerations and has proven to be the preferred choice in maintaining framer safety. To help raise awareness of potential risks and hazards on jobsites while promoting safer environments, below are some simple tips for contractors working with cold-formed steel framing in providing safer environments.
How to identify potential hazards while ensuring jobsite safety when working with metal framing?
- Ensure that your install team has the proper tools required to install cold-formed steel framing components and accessories. Some of the most common metal framing tools include impact drivers, screw guns, circular saws, five-point lasers, distance finders, and chop saws or plasma cutting systems.
- Always maintain a clean job site and confirm that all materials are accounted for on the jobsite. A clean active construction site can reduce unexpected hazards and injuries.
- Always follow OHSA safety guidelines for construction site safety which include gloves, boots, goggles and hard hats.
- Frequently inspecting fall protection gear can greatly reduce the risk of falls when working on a multiple story cold-formed steel load bearing building.
- Handle all framing products with purpose and care when moving materials and installing members.
- Use screw guns correctly. Proper use of screw guns can prevent injuries and fatigue caused by repetitive stress.
- When cutting steel framing members, protective goggles ensure metal shavings do not injure the eyes.
- Wearing gloves protects against any exposed sharp edges of steel framing.
- Maintain jobsite awareness for you and others around you. Also keep an eye on extension cords that may be draped over sharp objects or other potential hazards.
- As always, if you see something on a jobsite that you know is a risk to others, always inform your project manager and/or construction safety personnel to help prevent injuries.
Metal studs must be handled with care, but is there a safer drywall framing system that can reduce cuts and lacerations?
The EDGETM by Super Stud Building Products is the safest drywall system on the market. Its rolled triangular lip eliminates sharp edges along the length of the stud. Even The EDGETM track incorporates a hemmed lip for added safety. By design, The EDGE™ also delivers increased wall heights and improved acoustical performance. By design, The EDGETM increases productivity and reduces time and cost. To learn more visit www.buysuperstud.com/the-edge-steel-framing.
The EDGETM Drywall Framing System offers installers the added safety and security of minimizing jobsite injuries and provides a much safer work environment. Historically, metal studs have been shown to account for the better half of injuries and cuts on a jobsite. With the rolled edge of the stud and hemmed track, The EDGETM has proven to be a much safer choice. Many contractors and building professionals pride themselves on safety being job number one. As one of our contractors has expressed: “The EDGETM keeps injuries down and my crews working. Injuries cost money and this is the safest drywall stud I’ve ever handled.”
About Super Stud Building Products
Since 1973, Super Stud Building Products, Inc., with its roots in the New York Tri-State area, has been a proud manufacturer of the building industry’s most diverse offerings of steel framing components and accessories for use in the construction of commercial, institutional and residential structures. With manufacturing plants in Edison, New Jersey and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Super Stud is a multi-regional steel framing and accessories manufacturer committed to quality products, unmatched service, competitive pricing and timely deliveries across the entire East Coast and beyond. Super Stud plays an active role in the steel framing industry, participating in the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Association of Walls and Ceilings International (AWCI), ASTM International and the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA). To learn more, visit buysuperstud.com.
About Safety Week
Safety Week is dedicated to raising the awareness of the construction industry's continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week. Safety Week is sponsored by members of The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum (IIF). Additional support comes from the Alliance Partners, many of which are non-profit associations. For more information, visit www.constructionsafetyweek.com