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How to Increase Efficiency and Save Money at Your Construction Site

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The construction industry is among the leading industries in the world’s economy. Also, a larger population works there. However, the environment and working conditions can lead to inefficiencies, thus hurting productivity rates. How can a construction site owner and supervisor ensure efficiency at work and save money?

Observe Safety Precautions to Prevent Slips and Falls

Site contractors should invest in familiarizing workers with ways to prevent accidents caused by falls and slips. The cost of a typical fall is high, not to mention the cost of defending a claim. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, the most common reasons for workers’ compensation claims are slips and falls. They are also the major source of occupational injuries for adults aged 55 and above.

The common causes of slip accidents are bad weather, poor drainage, contaminated floors, and a messy working environment. The major ways to prevent fall accidents are:

  • Wearing proper safety equipment- particularly footwear, to reduce falls.
  • Maintaining an obstacle-free environment -Keeping a construction site free of obstacles and waste can reduce the risks of falls and slips.
  • Reduce slippery surfaces- Walking surfaces account for a significant number of slip injuries.
  • Maintain proper lighting: Poor lighting is associated with increased accidents. Keep work areas, walkways, ramps, and stairs well lit.

Waste Management and Disposal

Whether building a new structure or renovating an existing one, waste is an investable resource in any construction project. The cost of construction waste is high for the environment and the construction companies. Therefore, safe and efficient waste disposal should be the key consideration for every contractor from project planning to completion. The major construction waste is building materials, demolition, and hazardous waste.

If your site is facing challenges handling a large volume of trash, renting a roll-off dumper may be the best solution. According to Costimates, the size of roll-off containers is eight ft., but as you size up, the dumpster size increases. The following are some of the major benefits of dumpsters:

  • Improve efficiency-the roll-off dumpster containers are placed at a strategic location. This means the workers will not have to carry waste too far, thus making waste disposal easy and quicker, thus saving money.
  • Increase profits-When your employees work in a safe environment, and productivity rises. Smart waste disposal saves time, leading to lower money expenses and higher profits.
  • Versatility- The roll-off dumpsters can accommodate different types of waste. This means your construction site will be free of every type of waste.
  • Increased safety- Dangerous waste can risk workers and visitors on a construction site. With roll-off containers, you can dump every type of trash and keep the site safe.
  • Minimize litigation risks- A safe construction site reduces accidents and injuries, thus minimizing the chances of lawsuits.

Ensure Worker’s Safety While Roofing

Have you ever wondered about your workers’ safety when working at height? Working on the roof is one of the major risk areas. But you can reduce accidents on roofs with proper training, supervision, safe access to roofs, and close cooperation between workers and contractors. The challenges of roofing a commercial house differ from those of residential roofs. While replacing or repairing a commercial roof, a roofer may face many challenges, especially if people are entering and exiting the building.

If you choose the right materials, your commercial roof will live longer, thus saving money. Stone coated steel roofing has a Class A fire rating, weighs 1.4 lbs per square foot, has Class 4 hail impact resistance, and is 100% recyclable. The major causes of roofing problems are:

  • Poor maintenance- Lack of regular roof inspection and poor maintenance practices such as not clearing debris can lead to deterioration and leak problems.
  • Walking on the roof-The roof houses HVAC and other equipment, so they tend to be walked on when repairing or just inspecting, leading to tears and wear.
  • Bad weather- Severe weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and heavy rainstorms can wreak havoc on roofs.
  • Improper installation occurs, especially if a roofer doesn’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions or is not qualified.

As a construction owner, you might know how much inefficiency can affect your finances. Therefore, proper planning, waste management, and workers’ safety should be your priority to increase employee productivity.

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