The main reason you install your own irrigation system is to save money. But if you end up getting seriously injured during the process, then DIY defeats the purpose.
As with any other kind of physical labor, successful irrigation system installation requires you to stay alert at all times and use your common sense. Following are some safety tips you can use on your next job so that you can protect the two most important assets you have: your health and well-being.
1. Think before you dig
Never assume that the area where you want to put your trenches is free and clear of underground pipes or wires. Do some research at your local utility company to be absolutely sure.
2. Wear appropriate work clothes
Wear long pants to protect your legs and heavy, closed-toe shoes to protect your feet. Also wear gloves to minimize blisters on your hands. If the job requires a lot of lifting and digging, it would also be smart to wear a back brace.
3. Watch out for sunburn and dehydration
If you aren’t accustomed to working outdoors, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunblock and be sure to have ready access to water. Be especially careful if you are doing installations during the summer when the sun is at its hottest.
4. Work with a partner
Don’t do any digging or installation work alone. Have someone else around in case there’s an emergency and you need help.
5. Avoid putting in more trenches than you can fill and finish in a day
Open trenches or holes could cause injury to you or someone else. If you have to go away from the job, cover all open areas with boards or rope everything off.
6. Put your tools away when you are done
Tools in the wrong hands–or circumstances–can be dangerous.
7. Keep children away from your worksite
Kids love to play in dirt, but you don’t want them to fall into a trench or injure themselves with any stray tools you might have lying around. So make sure they are not near the area you are working.
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