Small builders have a lot of responsibility when it comes to their projects, and no other responsibility can be greater than construction safety. To ensure that one’s workers and subcontractors, as well as clients, are always on the right side of construction safety, many factors come into play to make sure things go smooth from beginning to end. Just as important as it is to start a project with blueprints and code protocols, the same goes for the workplace.
The small contractor has to be especially careful as they often use subcontractors and the problems of communication and hierarchy can enter. These factors, if not handled early and properly will lead to substandard work and worst of all, injury or even fatality. The small contractor has to plan, first and foremost. Every contingency has to be taken into account and preventative measures in place as well as educating the teams to follow the guidelines. First of all is the establishment of whom the boss is and who is following orders. Hiring a subcontractor means that contractor’s team is used to listening to their boss first and sometimes confusion can arise leading to problems. Once the hierarchy is established, plans and protocols can be implemented.
From here, the head small builder will have to peruse the duties required and the area. Are their obstructions in the field like rocks, old debris, plants, etc.. Those will need to be properly cleaned up and removed professionally. Once that’s done, safety equipment that is standard has to be available and within easy reach. Hard hats, safety glasses, belts, support materials for elevated work, all tools, have to be itemized and inspected leaving no room for error. Every team member is to be thoroughly schooled in their use even if the team member is a veteran. There can be no playing around from this point onward.
One area the small builder has to be primary regarding construction safety is with insurance and certification. Every member of the project has to be qualified. Insurance company guidelines have to be adhered to. There can be no room for nebulous and frivolous activity as it invites the possibility of mishap and harm. Do not underestimate this stage of construction safety as with just one mistake, it could cost a great deal of money.
Constant vigilance is required now as the project goes into play. The small builder has to keep an eye on every stage and all workers. Checking weather conditions is also essential. Rain, snow, sleet, can all be hazardous. Hot and cold weather can expand or contract objects compromising their optimum use. Even light windstorms can pose a threat as they send debris into areas that one might not expect nor see. It’s the conscientious small builder that checks all these factors and thus ensures a safer work environment for one and all.
Yes, the small contractor has much to be responsible for regarding construction safety; however, once done right, the rest of the project can be executed with modest alacrity and optimum safety.
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