common construction problemsCommon construction problems can keep you from finishing a project on time and within budget. That’s why it’s important to know common mishaps and how to handle them.

Here are three common construction site problems and their solutions:

Poor material management

If job site materials aren’t available when and where you need them, you risk unnecessary delays and cost overruns on your custom project. It’s worth taking steps to make sure your materials are safe, secure and easily accessible.

It’s crucial to work with supply chain professionals who can manage job site material for you. This not only saves time and money, but allows you to focus on what you do best. There will also be peace of mind knowing you’ll have the right materials, at the right time, in the right place.

Here are some job site services and solutions you’ll need:

  • Vendor-managed inventory
  • Job site boxes and carts
  • Material staging
  • Job site containers
  • Kitting
  • Job site trailers

It’s also important to find a distributor that makes ordering easy with things like a mobile app with barcode scanning, product tracking and reordering. It also helps to work with a partner that matches your custom part numbers, which streamlines the ordering process.

Blueprint deviation

It’s dreadful to think subcontractors might mistakenly work off an old set of blueprints, and just as scary to know how easy it is for them to deviate from set processes in an effort to be more efficient. Deviating from blueprints will delay your schedule, so it’s important to take the following steps:

  • Date all drawings and make sure subcontractors are working with the most recent plans.
  • Note blueprint dates in your construction agreement and include them in the ground rules.
  • Supervisors should be proactive and vigilant for mistakes. The sooner you discover a problem, the better.

Safety issues

Of course, safety is paramount. You want everyone to make it home at the end of the day in the same condition they arrived in.

In a rushed mindset, it can be easy for workers to overlook safety measures, which often leads to injury. Work injuries can set a project schedule back considerably, so it’s important to establish a strong safety management program that includes required safety equipment (personal protective equipment like hard hats, safety glasses and reflective vests), procedures, communication and site training.

Common construction problems can be avoided

These common mishaps don’t have to be common at your job site. By being proactive and securing the right resources, you’ll finish your job safely, on time and within budget.

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