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“Safety — a small investment for a rich future”

Safety is always a concern, particularly in the high-risk construction industry. Weinstein Retrofitting Systems 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 seismic and structural retrofitting, 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.

On-Site Safety

Weinstein Construction Corp. and its subsidiary Weinstein Retrofitting Systems is certified by CAL-OSHA, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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.

Homeowner’s Safety

Our record of extensive experience and attention to detail work to your advantage in protecting your real estate assets when they undergo structural repairs or seismic retrofitting. We believe in doing the job right the first time, with safety as the primary consideration.

We want every homeowner and building owner to feel safe in his or her home and/or building. This is why we recommend that every owner should consider the process of earthquake retrofitting. Weinstein Retrofitting Systems specializes in this type of repair service and our inspections are free of charge. By ensuring the seismic protection of your home or building, you are protecting the valuables you have collected over the years, the things that make your house something much more, your home.

By earthquake retrofitting your home or building, you are taking the best step possible towards ensuring the safety of you, your family (or tenants/clients), and your home. Our business is in protecting your investment in order to provipeace of mind.

Earthquake Safety

The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

  1. Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them.
  2. Create a disaster-preparedness plan.
  3. Prepare disaster supplies kits.
  4. Identify your building’s potential weakness and begin to fix them.
  5. Protect yourself during earthquake shaking – drop, cover and hold on.
  6. After the earthquake, check for injuries and damage.
  7. When safe, follow up with your loved ones and communicate.
Safety Plan

All homeowners should be ready for Earthquake Country disaster by following something called the 72-Hour Safety Plan. Until emergency personnel can find and help you, all residents of a disaster area have about 3 days before they are helped. This means, you should be prepared with food and water to last you for 3 days.

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.

Safety Resources

72 Hour Plan

72 Hour Plan Brochure

OSHA’s Homepage

Earthquake Supplies Kits

Get Ready!

How Do I Prepare?

Earthquake Home Insurance

LA County Fire Department’s Tips on Earthquake Preparedness

The Great California Shake Out