Construction Sweeping – A Challenge for Most Construction Sites
Keeping the streets clean on a construction site is a challenge for builders, construction managers and field supers. Even subcontractors can run into problems when the streets are not clean on a construction site.
Fortunately, however, the people in charge of a construction site don’t have to tolerate the issues caused by a dirty construction site once they know how to take some preventative measures.
That’s what you’ll learn in this article.
Specifically, you’ll learn how to recognize potential problems with keeping the site clean. You’ll also find out how to prevent clutter and debris issues and manage them if (and when) they occur.
Construction Sweeping – Preventative Measures
So, without further introduction, let’s jump in with a discussion of sweeping construction sites and keeping them clean.
One of the most consistent issues with construction sweeping is working around cars and trucks parked everywhere. A busy construction site could have between ten to twenty different contractors working on any given day. If each contractor has a car (and many have several cars and trucks) the parking situation can get quite chaotic.
Here are some tips to keep the parking situation organized so construction sweeping can occur on a regular schedule:
Ground Rules – every site is different, so each site will need a different set of parking ground rules. Take a few minutes to brainstorm potential parking problems for the site and possible solutions…then get input from the staff and contractors. When involved parties are allowed to have input on things that affect them, they tend to accept and follow the ground rules.
Some basic ground rules should include where and where not to park, being mindful of other workers on the site, parking dispute resolution procedures, who to contact if there is a question about parking (or anything else).
Provide a map with contact info – communication is key when setting ground rules. Providing map of the site with parking areas designated and ground rules identified is the easiest way to prevent the dreaded “nobody told me!”
Offer incentives for violators – although the preference is to punish ground rule violators, use positive reinforcement for a first warning. If you encounter a first time offender, rather than giving a stern warning, use the “you probably didn’t realize” approach for the first offense. Hand them a map and go over the ground rules.
If they become repeat offenders, use appropriate consequences to reinforce the parking ground rules.
Recognize that not only are the ground rules there for cleanliness and health reasons (and for construction sweeping accessibility) but everyone benefits from cooperation and a focus on safety.
Construction sweeping vehicles are not designed to sweep large pieces of construction debris. Here are two criteria for managing construction scrap:
Schedule – Assigned specific clean up tasks every day at specific times. The end of the day is usually the best time to get these chores done.
Separate tasks such as disposing of litter, disposing of flammable or toxic materials and organizing the worksite and provide a checklist for their completion.
Also, assign tasks to specific people rather than a crew. Accountability for specific work is more measurable when specific individuals are responsible for specific outcomes.
Separate materials – Different materials should be disposed of in different ways.
There may be recycling requirements in the municipality where the job site is located so separate scrap material into piles accordingly. Also identify usable materials and separate them to avoid accidentally throwing them away and consequently wasting money.
Many pieces of usable (and expensive) fypon trim has been damaged and thrown away because they were not separated and stored correctly.
One of the main reasons why many sites become unsightly is because expectations for cleanliness (and behavior) are not communicated.
Make some time to identify what is expected from the staff and contractors and communicate these expectations consistently.
The saying, “Inspect what you expect” is not just a cliche, it’s an effective management tool. First identify what you expect, communicate it to staff and workers then “inspect what you expect”.
Everyone will get the message that cleanliness, safety and cooperation is important on your site and you’ll end up with fewer issues and an attractive, clean and problem-free site.
Oh, and regular construction sweeping will help with that as well :-).
Construction Sweeping – Call the Experts
C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing real estate developers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.
We can help you keep your site clean, dust free and in compliance with reliable, cost-effective construction sweeping services.
If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for construction sweeping.