Safety and Saving Time
Time, on any construction project, is money: Wasted Time =
Wasted Money. So it goes without saying that the key to a
profitable project is getting it done "on-time" or
within budget. But getting the project done quicker does NOT mean
getting it done in a manner which is not safe. To ensure that
time is utilized to its best and that job site safety is maintained,
use the following, time saving tips.
- Keep an orderly work site. Assign one or two people the
responsibility of keeping the job site clean so the
workers don't have to climb or walk around construction
materials and waste. Make it an ongoing process and don't
leave the mess to clean up at the end of the day, because
it won't get done! A clean site is a safe site.
- Send any unused material back to the shop as soon as
possible. This keeps the site clean and orderly and gives
management the opportunity the ship the materials to
another site where they can be used.
- Don't overcrowd materials and workers. Give the crew room
to work; they will be quicker and safer.
- Although you have now assigned a person or team the
responsibility for a clean and safe work site, make sure
that the rest of the crew understands that it is
EVERYONE'S responsibility to maintain good housekeeping
- Always keep an eye out for the little thing that may
cause an accident; an accident is Lost Time, Big Time.
- Keep the tool boxes and cabinets neat and orderly. It
doesn't take much imagination to realize that digging
around for a misplaced tool is lost time. And using the
Wrong tool because you could not find the Right tool is,
in most all cases, unsafe and a no no.
- Put the garbage in the garbage. This may seem simple but
how many of you just walk away from that fast food bag
after lunch? Now the wind comes up and the stuff is
blowing all over the place. PUT IT IN THE TRASH before
someone twists their back getting it out of a trench that
is ready to backfill, or worse yet, falls into the trench
All this boils down to one simple statement which we have all
heard over and over again: "Put Things Where They
Belong". By doing so you will be using time to its best, and
you will make the job easier, smoother, quicker.......and Safer. Make sure you are doing the safety meeting every week.