If you are responsible for a challenging construction project ahead, you may be in the process of planning and considering professional plant hire. You may understand how much is at stake here, as not only do you have to get the job done right and on time, but you need to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible during the work ahead. What are some of the key elements you need to remember, as you draw up your plans?
Getting the Right Equipment
You simply cannot do too much planning and must make sure that you leave no stone unturned (pun intended). You will obviously need a number of pieces of heavy equipment, but do you know exactly what each machine will do? Many machines, such as an excavator, can be used in a variety of different situations, so long as you have the right attachments for the particular tasks. Don't make the mistake of hiring your heavy plant, only to find out that the machines need to sit idle while you source a particular implement.
Furthermore, you must always make sure that you choose high-quality machinery if you want to get the job done right. It'll certainly be a false economy if one of the machines breaks down, or is in need of extensive refurbishment which slows down its productivity.
You need to get the right type of people for this job, as well. Professionalism is everything and you shouldn't stand for employees who are distracted, like to talk too much with fellow workers, or even decide to take a break to answer a mobile phone call. A distracted worker may not be aware of what's going on around them and this could lead to a serious incident through lack of care and attention.
Training Is Crucial
Always make sure that each employee on site is well trained and this is particularly important when it comes to operation of machinery. Ask them if their experience is up-to-date and whether they are used to operating the latest type of excavator or digger, which may require a completely different skill set to some of the older ones.
Finally, insist that everybody who enters the site wears some protective gear. In particular, a hard hat is crucial and each one of them should be in good condition. Sometimes, people like to personalise them with stickers or may even like to paint them in their favourite colour. This can be dangerous in itself, as the glue in the stickers and chemical in the paint can compromise the hat itself and make it less resistant to any impact.
Make sure that you get all your planning done before you hire the individuals and equipment for your job and have a word with your equipment supplier to make sure that you are completely ready for the tasks in front of you.