The blueprints are ready. All the permits have been signed and approved. All that’s left to do is start on with the construction, but wait! Is your site ready for construction? Are you following all the safety codes applicable in your area?
Many people overlook the importance of getting a site ready for construction. Failing to do so is bound to get someone in trouble or worse, result in someone getting injured. The most important thing to do at a construction site is to safeguard the labour and all the people involved in the building process, even the pedestrians. And to ensure their safety, certain measures must be taken.
After ensuring that the construction site is safe and ready, these 5 tips must be followed. These tips will help you prepare for the building work.
Make a Timeline
Before starting any project, make sure that you make a timeline. You must have been given a deadline for the project but being at the front, you know the pace at which the work will go. That’s why it’s important to have a checklist, made specifically to help you prioritise each process. It’ll help you allocate your time from when the first hammer strikes till the end of the project.
Remember that delays are inevitable in construction and so you must keep this in mind when creating a timeline. Bad weather or change in orders can ruin your planning, if you haven’t already anticipated delays. It’s therefore important to give yourself some breathing room for delays. Be assured that this tip will save you from any last minute surprises.
Fence the Whole Area
Keep safety first and you can ensure that the site remains safe by fencing the whole area. This way, no trespassers will be able to get access to the construction site, eliminating any chances of accidents. However, remember to clean the area before fencing it.
It’s also important to remove any unwanted foliage from the area and remember to uproot them properly. Likewise, it’s important to level the ground and to remove any excess soil from the construction site.
Build a site office
You are going to need a place where you can meet with clients or just get some paperwork done while keeping an eye on the progress of the construction. You can get a temporary site office built, or just hire a portable cabin. This will depend on the duration of the construction. If the project is an extensive one, most contractors just opt for a permanent site office. This is cheaper than hiring a portable cabin. You’d also need to have a separate toilet from the labourers. This one should be by the site office and must only be used for when visitors come to inspect the construction site. You might have to ask over some VIP clients to see the construction and they can’t be expected to use the toilets for labourers.
Get Utility Connections
Starting from day one of the construction, you’re going to need continuous power. Get the necessary permits before work begins because you’d have to connect to the city’s power supply. In case your request is denied, you can always hire a generator for your site. Water supply will also be needed at the construction site. Again, you’d have to request permission to get it from the city’s water supply. Just make sure that the utilities are available everyday of the construction. Failing to ensure their availability will cause unnecessary delays in the work and might end up costing you a lot.
Hire a skip
Cost effective skip hire from Enviro Waste London is the final thing you need to arrange to prepare you for work. The last thing you need at your construction site is a pile of waste accumulating in a corner. Hiring a skip would save you the trouble. Since it’s a construction site, you can be sure that there would be a lot of waste and unless you come up with a responsible way to store it, it can cause trouble.
Many sites have experienced accidents just because they were irresponsible with their waste management. Don’t commit the same mistakes and hire a skip before starting work on the construction site. Do remember to pay attention to the ‘Level Fill’ sign on the sides of the skip. The level means that the waste should not exceed the limit. If you just keep on dumping waste in, it might eventually start to fall over, which poses a threat not only to the labourers but also to any passers-by.
Once you’ve completed all the above given instructions, you’re good to go. Ensure that you follow all codes of safety on the construction site. As long as you apply safe practices, the number of accidents and injuries will be negligible.
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