Properly Maintaining The Jobsite Reduces Risk
Our job is to help our customers prevent financial losses by reducing risk. We look at the way you do business as a contractor, and then we make recommendations that will protect your business during the normal course of operations. We are also experts at helping you to satisfy your legal obligations in terms of insurance for your company, your employees, and the job owners you work for.
An area of interest that we spend a great deal of time in is protecting and analyzing equipment use. We notice that there are contractors who like to cut corners on equipment to save money, but we know that cutting corners only creates more risk. When it comes to the equipment you use on your job sites, we have some advice that will help you save money and reduce your company’s exposure to risk.
Constantly Monitor Your Scaffolding Needs
Scaffolding accidents are prominent in the construction industry, but many of them can be eliminated by simple due diligence. A construction project is extremely dynamic, and the needs of the workers change constantly. The scaffolding structure that worked a week ago may need to be altered now to create a safer working environment. As a construction company, you should constantly analyze your scaffolding needs and make changes as needed to improve safety.
You should also do a full scaffolding inspection at least once every week. You should bring in a certified safety engineer and have your scaffolding scrutinized for any weaknesses. The investment you make in an inspector can be much less than the costs of paying for a seriously injured employee.
When a piece of equipment is done being used on your job site, it is always best to get that equipment off the site as soon as possible. If you are renting the equipment, then not having it removed immediately means you are paying rent for equipment you are not using. If you own the equipment, then leaving it exposed on a job site could mean a potential theft or damage loss.
Any equipment that is no longer being used is only cluttering up a job site and increasing the risk of a potential accident. If you cannot have the equipment removed immediately, then designate an area away from the actual work zone where the equipment can be staged until it can be removed.
Regular Supplies Inventory
If there is one thing that construction companies do not do well, it is maintaining an accurate inventory of worksite supplies. When your workers do not have the proper materials to do their jobs, then they must improvise with the materials that are available. This, as any construction manager will tell you, is an open invitation to disaster.
Every construction company should have at least one supplies manager on every job site to make sure that the proper supplies are in stock at all times. When your workers have what they need to do their jobs, then the chances that anyone will get injured goes way down.
It can be difficult to properly maintain a worksite, but it is an essential task to reduce risk and keep costs down. Our business experts would be more than happy to analyze your worksites and recommend where you can take action to protect your workers, and avoid financial disaster.