Ways to Make Sure Your Project is Done Safely
As risk mitigation specialists, our team of experts spends a lot of time monitoring and examining business processes. We pay attention to every detail, and note the more common causes of accidents so that we know how to protect our clients.
One of the problems we have noticed over the years is that bad project planning usually leads to injuries. We always recommend to our clients that they develop a basic project training process, and then customize the process to fit each project. If you neglect the basic elements of good project planning, then you are lining someone up to get hurt.
There is no such thing when it comes to creating shortcuts on projects. When you look for subcontractors, never hire your cousin’s friend because you heard he was good with plumbing. Hire a professional plumber and get an experienced subcontractor who will follow state and federal laws, and also take the time to get the right type of insurance to protect you and the subscontractor’s employees.
Stage the Project Properly
One of the most common causes of accident we have seen is not staging a project properly. For example, if you start doing interior work before the exterior of the structure is stabilized, then someone is going to get hurt and months of work on the exterior of the structure could be destroyed. Use your contractor common sense to stage the project so that the experts you have hired are coming in on the project at the right times.
Staging the project properly will also save you money and prevent accidents. If you scheduled the electricians to be on site at a certain time but it turns out that you scheduled them early, then you may be tempted to start the electricians early and create a dangerous situations. Give each part of the project a buffer that you communicate to your subcontractors, and then have your subcontractors on stand-by during that buffer period.
On most job sites, the area where materials deliveries take place also doubles as a staging and work area. If you want to prevent injuries, then set a specific time aside for receiving deliveries, communicate that time to your vendors, and do not allow deliveries outside of that window. When your site supervisor can plan around a reliable delivery schedule, then the work site becomes safer and more efficient.
Allow for Weather Issues
When you plan a project in a season with traditionally bad weather, then you need to give each part of the project a buffer of a few days to allow for that weather. The last thing you want to do is to risk working in bad weather because you did not plan for it when you started the project. Give your schedule breathing room for bad weather and you will run a safer work site.
When it comes project planning, there is nothing more important than paying attention to details. When you put in the time to allow for the weather and designate delivery times for materials, then you reduce many of the risks on your job site that could cost you money and hurt your bottom line.