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Job site safety3/19/20
How do you guys handle homeowners and contractors who insist that you work barefoot when the floors are finished? I personally find it very disrespectful to ask a professional to do so. Just curious, as I have such a situation coming up soon. Thanks
Barefoot? First of all the homeowner doesnt make the demands of the job, the contractor owns the job until the job is turned over to the homeowner. The homeowner has zero say on execution.
Why cant they run slip on boot covers if the floors are so precious? We did that endlessly. Or completely cover and mask off the floors? (has its own issues with grit/debris getting under the floor unknowingly and just grinds away under the masking).
You could crush the barefoot demand with a single OSHA visit to the site, done.
My thoughts and feelings exactly, just wondering if I was being a hard ass
The OSHA reg is the best to quote to them; and don't set a (booted) foot in the place until THEY completely cover the floors, not just runners but wall to wall and continuous seam and edge taped.
Give them a price to cover the floor in Masonite or the GC should do it if there is one.
Masonite/hardboard often works in my area on commercial because of the gobs of fat in the jobs but on residential would never fly on even modestly high end budgets. Even the ramboard is a push bit if the job has a bunch of brute's onsite its cheap insurance but still falls on the GC (if thats you, well... thats you).
Ive been lucky to always be pretty tender and respectful of any jobsite but barefoot or socks is ridiculous. A utility knife slipping out of your hand and a guy out of habit sticks his foot out to save the hardwood forgetting he's on a sock-job, poof.
Play the OSHA card and be done with it.
“Sorry our insurance doesn’t allow us to work without shoes or to wear booties” is our standard reply. We put runners and blankets down on all our jobs.
While I don't disagree with whats been said, I would consider approaching it in a way thats a bit more focused on what the customer is asking for.
I would recommend to them that the floors be thoroughly cleaned and covered. But I'd also be willing to say that you and your guys will bring a second pair of shoes and change shoes at the front door. While this will be annoying, its also a way to show them that you are aware of their concerns.