Mistakes occur in every profession, but they can be extremely costly in the construction industry. Finishing a construction project on time, within budget, and within scope can be challenging. Project managers must master managing limited resources, liabilities, and other obstacles when building today’s innovative structures. Failure to identify potential mistakes and manage a project efficiently can lead to profit loss, project delays, and an increase in project costs.
In this two-part article, our Naples construction lawyers will discuss common project management mistakes that should be avoided. The first section will focus on project delays and inattention to safety.
Construction projects are planned with a specified time and cost in mind according to the agreed upon contract. Construction delays can prove to be an obstacle that impedes the progress of a project, ultimately increasing project time and cost. Common causes of delay include slow turn-around times for critical documents such as requests for information (RFI) and change orders. Delays can also occur due to unforeseen events (e.g., weather delays), delayed materials, subcontractor mismanagement, and so on.
Delays impact clients, contractors, and other key stakeholders and can result in cash flow problems, adversarial relationships, and legal disputes, which may require the intervention of a Naples construction lawyer. Construction delays can be avoided through careful planning, an understanding of roles and responsibilities, efficient scheduling, and maintaining clear communication between parties.
Inattention to Safety
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry ranks higher than any other industry for fatal injuries. Daily, millions of construction workers are exposed to potential hazards such as falls, scaffolding collapses, electric shocks, repetitive motions injuries, and more. Construction project managers play a major role in maintaining workers’ safety on the job site and must ensure that they identify and control safety and health hazards, as well as comply with OSHA standards. Enforcing safety training and the use of safety equipment is critical. OSHA provides helpful guidelines for employers on their website.
To learn about more project management mistakes, read part two.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.