How To Do a Construction Site Inspection

How To Do a Construction Site Inspection
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    The key to a productive and efficient construction project is quality management and inspection.

    However, the inspectors need to know what to look for and the managers need to know what to address.

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Here are some tips for how to do a construction site inspection.

Meeting OSHA Standards

One of the first things to look for is a construction site that satisfies OSHA standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federally organized agency that oversees the well-being and security of all people who are working in the United States.

For construction projects, there are specific OSHA standards that need to be met in order to satisfy safety and health regulations. Some of the regulations include head and hand protection, hazard notices, and electrical safety. Altogether, this is one of the most important and comprehensive aspects of inspecting a construction site.

Adequate Personal Protective Equipment

Ensuring the safety of your personnel on the construction site is paramount to the success of the overall project. In order to keep your staff safe, you need to have the proper personal protective equipment, which includes a hard hat, sturdy gloves, and steel-toed boots, among other things.

Your employees need to have protection for their eyes, head, feet, and lungs so they can continue to do their jobs effectively.

Secure Surrounding Premises

Every construction site is located around other buildings, vegetation, and people. It is the job of the site manager and inspector to keep the people off the construction site safe as well.

Be sure to have sturdy scaffolding so that no items fall to the ground below. Also, protect all hazardous materials from spilling or seeping into the ground or being carried into nearby lots.

Functioning Machinery

Construction cannot be undertaken without a slew of heavy machinery. Inspectors need to assess the quality and functionality of the tools being used throughout the site. This includes electrical tool, ladder, excavator, bulldozer, and crane inspections.

Faulty or broken machinery can result in serious injury to your personnel nearby. If this occurs, you (as the supervisor) and your company could be in for a personal injury lawsuit. Both the injury and the litigation can be stopped before anything happens if construction sites are well analyzed and maintained.

Up-to-Date Records

Keeping updated records, permits, and licensures all help an inspector do their job quickly. A manager can store these documents in a safe location on site. Another way to help with inspections is to take photographs or otherwise document daily progress on the state of the machinery. This can be used to update your clients on project headway, and it can be helpful to have in case any incidents arise.

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With these tips for how to do a construction site inspection, you can be prepared to secure your site and pass the next inspection that comes your way. Be sure to create a checklist or find one online to keep track of the various inspection items day-to-day.

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