Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Safety - House Construction

Safety is a conscious practice to avoid accidents, while working with tools, building materials and around other individuals. The picture below provides you with a stairway safety rail that I built for other construction workers. Remember the old saying, "Safety First," well it makes a lot of sense, in the construction business.

Stair Framing Safety Rails

The first thing you need to do after you have built your rough stairway is to build a stair framing safety rail. This will provide additional safety to anyone who uses the stairs while working on the project.

You need to securely fasten a temporary hand rail system around the perimeter of any stairway that is going to be operational. This stairway should be strong enough to prevent someone from falling through it and tall enough to prevent someone from falling over it.

Here's a few things to think about, before you build your safety handrail.

1. Can you still move building materials up the stairway safely? This could be a problem for workers carrying large sheets of plywood, drywall or other long objects, up and down the stairs.

2. Is it in anyone else's way? I always try to build these temporary handrails with other building trades in mind. I usually keep them a certain distance away from the walls so that the drywaller's or plasterers don't need to remove them, while they're working.

3. Make sure that they are at least 42 inches tall. This measurement would be from the tip of the stair tread nosing and the bottom of landings or floors.


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