We've heard it time and again all over the news. Daily, there are people who get injured in construction sites, and some even lose their lives due to mishaps in the building workplace. According to studies, there are many possible reasons why construction site accidents happen. Among the top causes in the list is "outdated or substandard construction equipment". Many workers end up with injuries and unfortunate events because they use power tools that are not in 100% condition.
In many cases, building subcontractors can be blamed for accidents in construction sites. In an effort to save money on equipment costs, some subcontractors purchase cheap to substandard equipment so that they can have a larger share of the surplus money. On the other hand, the workers suffer from poor efficiency on their machinery. Low efficiency not only results in low quality work, but also in the increase of accident risk, as well as increase in manual energy expenditure.
Subcontractors and project managers should understand that buying high quality discount tools is different from purchasing cheap, low quality equipment in bulk. With the former, the project manager is actually getting a good deal. By initiating an in-depth research and lookout for quality tools at a low price, it is easy for anyone to find good deals on brands like Hitachi, Dewalt, Bosch, Panasonic and many others. It's called "doing your homework". Spending more time on canvassing quality and prices for bulk construction equipment will ensure that there will be lesser risk for accidents on the construction site.
Another thing that should be done is to perform a regular "check-up" of tools and equipment to determine if they are working properly. Many construction managers rarely check on the wear and tear of their equipment. In projects that take months to finish, the tools can get easily subjected to rust and dust. They can lose their sharpness and efficiency. Anticipating this beforehand can reduce the risk of accidents. For example, having some spare tools handy will allow workers to replace their equipment the very moment their own construction tools malfunction.
At the end of the day, no one wants to get hurt and to see someone get hurt in a construction site. So if you are a building subcontractor or project manager, make sure you take note of these tips!