Quit Building Unsafe Stairs - Building Safety Problems
One of the biggest problems with construction today is
knowledge. There are hundreds if not thousands of construction workers
out there building projects, who really don't have enough education,
skill or years of experience behind them. Unsafe stairs create safety
problems, along with liability issues.
It wasn't very long ago when I was out and about that I noticed a wooden set of stairs that looked like it was built by an amateur. They used wooden stair tread brackets which were nailed to the stair stringers and sticking out, creating a safety hazard. This isn't my idea of someone who knew what they were doing.
This set of stairs wasn't going to last a long time and I knew it. It wasn't any of my business and I doubt if the local building inspector would have ever said anything. This was obviously a safety issue and it wasn't just the fact that an inexperienced stair builder built this set of stairs, it's unsafe to walk up and down on.
If you don't have the experience or the knowledge, how would you know any different? Most homeowners don't even know what they're looking at, when it comes to safety. Why would I expect an inexperienced construction worker to have this knowledge also?
Just because you can walk up the set of stairs, doesn't mean that you're going to be walking up that same set of stairs within a few years. I only wrote this article to send a message to homeowners, contractors, real estate professionals, lending companies, property management companies and other people who are more concerned about money than safety.
If you're planning on replacing a couple of boards around your house and using unqualified people for other projects around your house, it might be different. A set of stairs is something that people walk up and down, all day long. If the stairway is unsafe, people can get hurt and they often do, so leave stair building to the professionals and quit hiring the amateurs.