At the Savannah River Remediation (SRR) site, the most significant environmental risk reduction project in South Carolina in the last 15 years, more than two dozen college interns worked over the summer to repair homes, and learned about construction safety along the way.
At its core, the SRR project began as a way to stabilize and close hazardous waste tanks, two of which have already been successfully and safely closed, while two more are currently undergoing the closing process.
During the summer, the interns along with officials from SRR, the Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste contractor, and United Way of Aiken County coordinators have helped to perform much-needed repairs on the homes of people who either don't have the means, or are physically incapable of performing the repairs themselves.
Before starting the construction projects, which included the demolition and reconstruction of decks and ramps, a successful house leveling, and window repairs, the interns received two expert safety briefings to lower the risk of injury.
Construction can be a hazardous industry that entails performing work including alterations and repairs. Protect workers on construction sites by providing appropriate safety products, including fall protection, hard hats, safety glasses, and work gloves.