According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates, the total value of construction put in place during January, 2017 was close to $1.8 trillion—which is an increase of $35.4 billion or 3.1% when compared to 2016. With consistent growth in the industry, construction site management is evolving into an even more multi-faceted system, especially when running bigger (and sometimes more complex) construction projects for everything from buildings and bridges to roads and facilities.
With rapid growth, having better site controls and workplace practices is essential. To help you meet this demand and streamline the processes behind construction projects, we’ve provided three tips to help you run a well-managed jobsite, as well as tailored risk insights and tips for each!
Three tips for a well-managed jobsite
Material Storage on the Job Site
Due to restrictions in site space, it’s important to plan in advance and be aware of material storage. Construction site managers will typically need to have a clear idea of how materials are going to be delivered and dispatched so things can flow easily once the project gets going. Consider these tips to help make your storage processes more efficient:
- Reduce fire exposure by considering suitable locations for material storage (e.g. away from the building).
- Prevent theft by limiting storage—only the necessary materials and items should be stored.
- Ensure material storage does not block vehicle access to the site.
- Keep detailed records of all materials that are ordered and delivered by suppliers.
- Make use of detection and alarm systems to secure areas and protect the compound.
Waste and Debris Removal
When it comes to construction sites, it’s vital for them to be clean, safe and hassle free—but the process of cleaning up a job site and hauling debris can be time-consuming. Whether the site is part of a remodel, demolition, or new construction, we recommend implementing safe and environmentally-friendly disposal methods, including:
- Remove debris from the site on a regular basis.
- Look for ways to recycle salvageable materials
- Store debris a minimum of 20 feet from the building in metal waste bins equipped with retractable lids to help prevent potential fire hazards.
- Avoid burning garbage and other items on site.
- Only buy enough raw materials needed for completing projects to prevent debris from unused materials and reducing waste.
A housekeeping program essentially helps maintain each of the factors outlined above and much more! Poor housekeeping can lead to an array of risks and accidents on a job site. But when used appropriately, housekeeping can help eliminate fire hazards, lower worker exposure to hazardous substances, decrease the number of accidents, and reduce the risk of property damage. Consider integrating the following housekeeping measures into daily tasks:
- Keep a detailed checklist of tasks outlined in the housekeeping plan.
- Pay close attention to the site layout.
- Remove combustible waste materials from the site a minimum of once a day.
- Control muddy areas using fill, gravel, boards and plywood.
- Always go back and review the plan—make modifications based on new hazards identified, changes in work practices or improvements in training.
Safeguarding material resources, as well as the various people involved in construction projects is where good construction site management becomes critical to preventing risks and staying protected. When you prioritize effective construction site management, it helps to ensure a long list of benefits and loss prevention—helping you successful and timely complete your next project.
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