Commercial construction companies are responsible for the building, leasing, and selling of commercial structures. These structures can include hospitals, office buildings, retail spaces, and manufacturing plants, among other buildings. As with any industry, there are certain dos and don’ts for commercial construction companies that should be followed. Let’s take a look at what these are below.
Do Practice Proper Worker Safety
A construction site can be a very dangerous place if employees are not properly trained on how to safely work in the environment. All employees should be able to pass a safety examination. The use of safety belts, helmets, shoes, and other equipment should be a must every single day an employee enters the ground up construction site.
Do Always Get A Permit Before Starting Construction
Work permits are a necessity for every construction business. Notifying the appropriate authorities of the work you plan to do and submitting the details to apply for a work permit should be done at the start of every construction project. This will ensure that you don’t waste precious time later down the road when your operation gets shut down for not having the proper permitting.
Don’t Ever Start Without A Supervisor Present
A contractor’s supervisor should accompany the active construction site at all times. This will ensure that the proper safety procedures are being followed by all employees. In addition, the supervisor will be able to ensure that the site is set up correctly for optimal operation. For example, storing flammable debris away from the main site.
Do Utilize Proper Lighting After Hours
Sometimes a construction project falls behind schedule. This may require workers to labor extra hours to get the job completed by the deadline. When this happens, it’s very likely construction workers will be laboring in the nighttime hours. This requires that the proper lighting is setup and ready to go when workers are expected to continue to work after dark.
Don’t Allow Visitors To The Site
The best thing you can do to protect others from the dangers of the construction site is to not allow them on the site property. Only those who work for the commercial construction company should be on the site. They are educated in the safety procedures and are equipped with the safety equipment they need.
In some cases, a building owner or other top investor may ask to visit the site. This can be done in the presence of a construction foreman. The foreman should opt to have the investor come to the site in the off-labor hours if possible, as there will be less of a chance for injury. If that’s not possible, the foreman should be educating the investor or building owner on the safety procedures for the site and equip them with any necessary safety equipment, such as a helmet.
By following these dos and don’ts of commercial construction, you can ensure your business is operating at its most optimal level.