Deb Hilmerson’s passion for safety – along with 30 years of construction experience – drove her to develop next-generation safety equipment that’s changing the industry. We appreciate Construction Best Practices’ invitation for Deb to share some of her expertise with general contractors across the U.S. in this article.

General contractors have a complex job. Hilmerson stressed that safety should always be top priority. “Leaders who fail to integrate safety into the actual work process may expose workers to falls and/or last-minute risky decisions that could cause a fall, serious injury or even a fatality,” she wrote.

In her article, “Three Ways to Run a Safer Job Site,” Hilmerson touched on the importance of staying current on safety education, setting safety expectations and reducing fall risks. “As an industry, we’re still not doing enough in this area because falls continue to be the leading cause of construction-related fatalities. Falls can also result in broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, contusions and people becoming paralyzed,” she wrote.

Her advice included:

  • Know the current laws and regulations, participate in safety training and always use the safety gear provided.
  • Communicate your safety expectations clearly and specifically. “Create a plan to communicate procedures and checkpoints to ensure field workers are integrating the safety plan.”
  • If you are still using wooden safety rails built according to OSHA’s Non-Mandatory Guidelines for complying with 1926.502(b), be careful not to be lulled into a false sense of security. “Keep in mind that a non-engineered system is only as good as the carpenter building it. Workmanship varies. In addition, there are injury risks of lacerations and other injuries associated with job-built wood railings, in part due to the number of people and tools involved in constructing them.”

With the field’s help, Hilmerson has created a construction grade guardrail system that comes as a kit. Each kit contains all the necessary components for easy rollout; faster installation for less down time; maneuverability; stacking and storing, and inventorying; and is efficient and economical to ship from one project to the next.

General contractors appreciate the ability to create a new company revenue stream by bringing the equipment cost in house. They buy the Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ as an asset just as they would buy a forklift, and rent it repeatedly to their construction projects. If purchasing the Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ doesn’t fit their business model, they can rent from various rental houses.

Reach out to us to learn how the cost-effective Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ can minimize wasted time and materials, and improve your jobsite safety by meeting or exceeding OSHA requirements.


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