As a project manager or site foreman, you will be charged with the safety and smooth running of the work site.
We asked some experienced driveway paving contractors their top tips for the best way to work in the industry. Here are their suggestions.
START THE DAY RIGHT
At the start of every day, ensure that you have filled all the water and fuel tanks and have all the spares that you might need in your tool box.
You want to make sure that you have everything that you might need to hand. And when things need re filling, or re fueling, be sure to have already worked out when this will be likely to happen, so it doesn’t come as a surprise and slow you down.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAIN NEW STAFF ALL THE TIME
When you take on new members of staff you are, of course, responsible for their training and development.
But this doesn’t mean that you have to be at it constantly. There are going to be times when it is not possible to train your new recruits and staff members.
Pick a time when you have both the resources and the time available to instruct your staff members.
Delegate your jobs carefully, so that they are definitely doing a job which is at their level and not beyond their skill set.
Starting to train a team member when you are on a tight schedule and top dollar interstate contract is probably not the best time. Pick a job where you have the available time and you are not going to accrue hefty fines for missing the deadline, if you have to take time out to show a new team member the ropes.
SAFETY FIRST AT ALL TIMES
Safety should be your primary concern at all time on the site.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways that accidents can occur and that is especially true of paving contracts.
For example, if you need someone to bring the haul trucks in to the paver, then that person might be in danger.
Every time someone needs to shovel between the paver and the truck, make sure you stop all the vehicles. It is far too easy to accidentally run over a co worker in this situation!
New workers and apprentices in particular need to be shown all the relevant safety procedures and to be watched carefully.
Set up a system of ‘buddies’, whereby team members double up and keep an eye out for one another.
Also, it is easy to get immune to all the safety notices and alarms around a construction site, of any type.
Remember to always pay heed to the alarms and beeps and never to switch off from them.
CHECK EVERYTHING CAREFULLY BEFORE CALLING IT A DAY
Before you sign the job off and declare it finished, learn this tip from the most experienced asphalt paving contractors in the business.
It is called “walking the job” and what it basically translates to is clearing up carefully after yourself.
Make sure that every square inch of the road or paving that you have been laying has been carefully inspected. This same principle also applies to other types of construction work as well.
You want to make sure there isn’t some small stone that has been left unturned or any minor detail that you have missed.
This includes taking all your crew’s trash with you and making sure there aren’t any potholes or even anything that could potentially turn into a pothole, which might need rectifying.
For other types of construction work, you need to apply the same rigidity and attention to detail.
Being recalled back to a job once you are miles away and working somewhere else on another project is going to cost you money and also, harm your reputation.