Since even the smallest construction projects involve numerous people and details, it’s important for managers to make full use of the various tools and technology available to them. From keeping employees safe to paying bills, these and other details are encountered in a typical day. Nearly three million nonfatal work-related accidents were reported to the federal government in 2012 alone, and nearly half of those required the injured employee to miss at least one day of work (source). To learn how to effectively manage these tasks, here are five ways you can properly manage even the busiest construction site.
Preventing Accidents and Injuries
When someone goes to work, the last thing that they expect to come home with is an injury. According to one personal injury lawyer, some jobs are more dangerous than others, and the risk of an injury for an employee is higher. However, if a site is properly managed, the chances of injuries occurring is very low. Eric Ramos suggests that proper site management and injury prevention includes (among other measures) always maintain safety and building codes, and ensure workers are using necessary safety equipment such as protective helmets, goggles, and harnesses. In addition to this, make sure anyone operating equipment has been trained and certified to do so since a failure in this area could lead to serious penalties from OSHA.
Inspect the Site Daily
As explained in this article, most construction contracts require daily inspections, make this a top priority. By doing so, you can inspect materials and equipment for damage, and also make sure nothing has been stolen. Make sure you have everything you need to protect your equipment. Safety mats are essential for extending your equipment life and should be on the ground and ready for your machines. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Coordinate Delivery Schedules
To keep a job running on schedule and on budget, coordinate delivery schedules of materials, tools, and equipment with various tradespeople on the site, such as electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and others. By doing so, you’ll avoid unnecessary delays.
Project Management Software
To take some stress off of yourself and those working for you, always utilize state-of-the-art project management software. Very beneficial to small companies, this software can continuously track the progress of the project, letting you know if you’re under or over your budget. And since this software usually has reactive technology, it can constantly update figures based on what’s been done, making its data very accurate and reliable.
Monitor Inspections and Licensing
As a project progresses, various inspections are performed by local, state, and federal agencies. Along with this, new types of licensing are often required with each new phase of a project. Therefore, always monitor inspections and licensing carefully, since failing to do so can sometimes lead to fines or even the possibility of losing the contract, as talked about in this article.
By incorporating these steps into your worksite management plan, chances are you will have a project that comes in under budget, on time, and produces a very satisfied client.
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