Good Practice For Construction Businesses

Good Practice For Construction Businesses
Running a construction business can be tough. As well as all of the usual things to think about - hiring the right employees, marketing your business, making sure that you are following all the laws and guidelines and simply making a living from it, you have to think even more carefully about things like health and safety and the machinery and equipment that you undoubtedly use.

Machinery and equipment are essential for your line of business, and without it, there is no business. You can’t move heavy loads without a crane; you can’t dispose of rubble and debris without skips.

You can’t dig a hole without a jackhammer. If your equipment and machinery are struggling, then your business will struggle - it is as simple as that.

It is something that should be a priority when it comes to drawing up business plans and organizing the way that your business works, and in this article, we are going to explore some of the things that you can do to make sure you are on the ball, and what to do to minimize the disruption to your business should things not go to plan.

Regular maintenance schedule

We have all heard of the phrase ‘prevention is better than cure,’ and this is never truer than when it comes to heavy machinery and equipment.

By keeping to a regular maintenance schedule, you will be able to spot problems before they become too big, dangerous, or expensive to deal with and minimize the time they are out of action. No maintenance schedule is more important than that of the machinery that keeps workers safe, it is important to keep on top of ventilation and dust collector servicing to ensure the environment is safe for everyone.

It is also essential to keep up to date records of what maintenance and repairs have been carried out - this may be particularly important for complying with health and safety regulations.

Have backups

Things will break down; it is inevitable. How you deal with it is the most important thing.

If you have a significant piece of equipment, such as a crane, for example, out of action for several days, or perhaps even longer, it can cost you big time in your business - maybe even costing you your business.

Having a spare, if your finances and space stretch to it, or have the details of a company that can provide you with one on hire, such as the Freo Group.

Build relationships

When you do have things go wrong, you want someone whom you can trust to repair them and get them back into action as soon as possible.

Building up a relationship with suppliers and companies that can fix your equipment can often mean they are prioritized, as they know the impact going without will have on your business.

Protect your equipment

While even the best-protected equipment will break down occasionally due to age and wear, protecting them when they are not in use is undoubtedly going to help keep them working better for longer. Even more important is the need to protect safety equipment, items like a safety equipment harness, hard hats, and respirators need to have properly cared for to ensure their safe use.

Having adequate storage and not leaving them exposed to the elements will stop them from rusting or seizing up, and having CCTV keeping an eye on them will prevent any opportunists from helping themselves.

When you run a construction business, the management of your equipment and machinery is critical to your ability to operate your business. Look after them!


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