“Safety — a small investment for a rich future”
Safety is always a concern, particularly in the high-risk construction industry. Foundation Depot is particularly proud of our record of extremely low work-related injuries, which is a result of our strict adherence to principles that have been well thought out and time-tested.
Since we specialize in foundation repair, we often encounter situations with limited or difficult access. This requires us to go the extra mile to ensure the safety of our personnel as they work to increase the structural integrity of a building.
Our high standards of excellence reflect our commitment to protect not only our entire construction crew at a job site but our clients there as well. The use of proper materials, equipment, and procedures throughout the construction process provides the highest level of safety for everyone involved during and after construction. Regardless of the size of a project, we apply the same in-depth precautions in our assessment and handling of safety issues.
Our construction crew foremen are also certified by the American Heart Association, able to provide emergency first aid care such as CPR if the need would arise on any particular job site.
Safety is about using the right techniques, equipment, and procedures during construction. It’s about using the right parts, materials, and planning. It also requires training and experience, where nothing is taken for granted.
The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
- Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them.
- Create a disaster-preparedness plan.
- Prepare disaster supplies kits.
- Identify your building’s potential weakness and begin to fix them.
- Protect yourself during earthquake shaking – drop, cover and hold on.
- After the earthquake, check for injuries and damage.
- When safe, follow up with your loved ones and communicate.
Prepare your earthquake supplies kit, have your checklist, and build a directory. Use all resources before the emergency happens, be prepared, and survive the Big One.
Commissioner Poizner provides the following disaster preparedness tips for California homeowners and renters:
• Take an inventory of your valuables and belongings. Take photographs or a video of each room. This documentation will provide your insurance company with proof of your belongings and help to process claims more quickly in the event of disaster.
• Keep sales receipts and/or canceled checks. Also note the model and serial numbers of the items in your home inventory.
• As you acquire more valuables – jewelry, family heirlooms, antiques, art -consider purchasing an additional “floater” or “rider” to your policy to cover these special items. These types of items typically are not covered by a basic homeowners or renter’s insurance policy.
• Remember to include in your home inventory those items you rarely use (e.g., holiday decorations, sports equipment, tools, etc.).
• Store copies of all your insurance policies in a safe location away from your home that is easily accessible in case of disaster. You may want to store your policies and inventory in a waterproof, fireproof box or in a safe, remote location such as a bank safe deposit box. Consider leaving a copy of your inventory with relatives, friends or your insurance provider and store digital pictures in your e-mail or on a website for easy retrieval.
• Know what is and is not covered by your insurance policy. You might need additional protection depending on where you live. Make sure your policies are up to date. Contact your insurance provider annually to review and update your insurance policy.
• Keep a readily available list of 24-hour contact information for each of your insurance providers.
• Find out if your possessions are insured for the actual cash value or the replacement cost. Actual cash value is the amount it would take to repair or replace damage to your home or possessions after depreciation while replacement cost is the amount it would take to repair or replace your home or possessions without deducting for depreciation. Speak with your insurance provider to determine whether purchasing replacement coverage is worth the cost.
• Speak with your insurance provider to find out if your policy covers additional living expenses for a temporary residence if you are unable to live in your home due to damage from a disaster.
• Appraise your home periodically to make sure your insurance policy reflects home improvements or renovations. Contact your insurance provider to update your policy accordingly.