It is no secret that efficiency is a continuous struggle for the construction industry. Even the most experienced contractor has to overcome the pressure to get the job done while keeping clients happy, costs under control, and project schedules on track.
Productivity is directly affected by inefficient processes; the effective management of construction materials is an area where contractors can improve greatly. If your construction site has poor material management, legal issues may not be far behind. Ongoing counsel with a skilled Orlando construction lawyer is one of the keys to keeping your projects flowing smoothly.
Materials management is vital to the safety of everyone on the construction site. During a project, there will be a constant flow of materials. When it comes to moving, handling, and storing these materials, workers who handle materials should be trained on proper material handling practices (including the use of personal protective equipment) as well as on the potential hazards of unsafe use or improper handling of materials. Unsafe use and improper handling can lead to serious workplace hazards and OSHA citations. For more information, read OSHA’s publication about materials handling and storage.
Materials will be handled in two ways on the construction site: manually and mechanically. Training workers to do both properly will reduce the likelihood of a workplace accident. Handling materials manually involves workers physically lifting, filling, lowering, and carrying materials. Proper training will ensure workers prevent injuries as a result of bulky or overweight loads or those that obstruct the worker’s view. These same principles apply when workers are moving materials mechanically; however, workers must receive training to safely operate the mechanical equipment that is used to move materials. This will reduce the occurrence of overloading or tipping equipment and materials.
Putting safety first and training your workers in effective construction material management is critical for preventing accidents that could seriously injure workers and expose your business to legal disputes and OSHA fines. To learn about improving material efficiency, read part two of our article.
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.