07 Nov Things to consider when managing a construction site
What makes a good construction site manager?
When managing a construction site, there are things that need to be considered to ensure the success of the project.
Construction managers are responsible for the health and safety of each of their workers. Managing a construction site can be a hectic role. Planning, organising and directing your team requires a lot of skill. You may not have considered the little things on site that can go a long way. Making sure that your workers have the essential amenities such as showers, toilets and a place to rest is vital to their well-being and a successful project.
So, what exactly makes a good construction manager? We’ve put together some of the things you need to consider when managing your construction site.
Adapting to a change in the project
During your construction project, it’s possible that circumstances can change. As all projects are ongoing, there can be a number of difficulties that arise. Perhaps the weather impacts productivity and work gets delayed for a few days. This is something that you need to prepare and have the patience for. A construction site manager needs to be a good problem solver. Have a plan in place. This will set a good example for the rest of the team and show them how to operate successfully if things go off track.
Manage time effectively
A good construction site manager will know how to manage time effectively, plan ahead and develop a schedule.
Your team may need a specific time for training or paperwork. They may not always be operating equipment. A designated area for your workers to complete any office work will help them manage their time effectively and increase productivity. Not having a private space for calls and meetings can be detrimental to your own productivity as a manager too.
Safety and security
When managing a construction site, you will have to consider its safety and security. Your team will need a safe unit to store not only tools but personal belongings and important documents. You should consider a welfare unit so that your workers can store their personal belongings safely. To learn more about our construction site welfare units and facilities, please click here.
Building relationships with your team
Building a good relationship with your team is vital as a construction manager. For everything to run smoothly, your operators need to be able to come to you with their questions and concerns. A good construction site manager is not only a leader but also a listener. You should be able to communicate clearly and directly with your team but find a way to remain approachable.
Managing risks on your construction site
Sites can be busy and have a lot of traffic passing through. You must be aware of the risks that moving vehicles can pose to pedestrians and workers. As a construction manager, you are responsible for the safe transportation of vehicles throughout the site. Delivery trucks will need a safe space to unload and pedestrians must be able to travel safely through or around the site.
Managing the risks on your construction site does not end with traffic management. This could involve site lighting, heating and PPE. During the winter, your employees will need a place to warm up. They should be provided with PPE such as thick gloves and boots. You may also need more lighting equipment on site so that workers are able to continue working when the days are shorter.
You must regularly reassess your site safety procedures and ensure that all workers are educated on the potential hazards.
Consider your team’s welfare
Your team need a place to take their breaks, use the toilet and shower if necessary. The welfare of your team is vital to ensuring a successfully completed construction project. If your workers have a comfortable place to unwind, this can increase their productivity.
It may also be time-consuming for workers to travel to your site every single day. This is where a construction site welfare unit could really come in handy. This will save time throughout your worker’s day, as they will not be exhausted from the stressful commute before work.
Your workers will feel more appreciation for you as a construction site manager if all of their needs are being met. If your team are happy, they will be motivated.
How Easy Cabin can help
Our fantastic range of welfare units can help make your construction site more productive. We can provide your workers with a place to shower, complete paperwork and rest between shifts. Our units can even help to eliminate the stressful commute.
No matter how big or small your project is, our products are a sustainable solution that can meet your every need. We recommend our Ecostatic 28 which fits up to 24 people and can assist in those larger building operations. Click here to learn more.
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