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Using Volunteer Construction Workers

Understanding potential costs when a volunteer gets hurt.

Using Volunteer Construction Workers

Many churches rely heavily on volunteer labor for remodeling or construction projects. But hazardous work such as building repairs, remodeling, new construction, and roof replacement can pose dangers for your volunteers and your ministry.

Before volunteer work begins, take steps to reduce the risk of injury:

Make sure the project is conducive to volunteer labor. Large or complex construction or demolition jobs are best left to professionals.

Keep in mind that working on roofs, ladders, or scaffolding is inherently dangerous. Be sure to instruct volunteers on safe work procedures and the safe use of all equipment.

Designate a project leader who understands the importance of safety and who will be alert to unsafe behavior that could result in injury.

Enlist only volunteers who are skilled and physically capable of undertaking the work assignment required of them.

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  • March 1, 2013

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