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Fire Safety: Construction Concerns: Construction Job Site Hazards

By Gregory Havel Most of the training that firefighters receive in building construction deals with the completed building. However, to arrive at the building about which we have been taught, we must develop the building from a vacant lot to the final product by a process usually known as construction. Buildings of any type, for any type of occupancy, that are under construction will have some of the following common characteristics: Fire-resistive components of the structure may not yet be in place including gypsum drywall board, firestopping, and fire-caulk. Standpipe and automatic fire sprinkler systems may be incomplete and not available for firefighter use. Construction may use proc...

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