What makes a successful construction company successful?
What are those magical elements that bring one average company that is just one
more grain on a pile and make it stand out as more professional than the rest?
This is a pretty complex question to answer. You can’t just point a figure and
say:”Yup, that’s it, that’s what made them more successful!” There are a lot of
things that need to be thrown into the mix and balanced well so the company
functions at its best. In my mind, there is one predominant element that really
connects to all the other things that are needed to take a step forward to more
serious business moves. It might seem funny, but the way a company manages
safety on their construction site really reflects the level of professionalism
on many levels.
When I say safety, I don’t just mean that they have the
proper safety equipment, that’s obligatory by law and if a construction company
you are hiring lacks the safety equipment, then something is very wrong with
them and you should probably steer clear of doing any business with them.
Safety is a very complicated thing within the construction industry. The nature
of the industry is such that situations that are potentially harmful to the
health of the workers and the general public are unavoidable. Perhaps this is
one of the reasons why good safety organization mechanisms are almost always a
part of the more successful construction companies. If you have started a
company working in one of the more dangerous branches of industry, and you
still managed to keep safety on a high level, than it is obvious that you are
doing things right. Sure, safety alone won’t make you successful, but so many
crucial elements are intertwined with safety that you can freely say that this
is the primary thing to look when looking for a professional construction
The Business Perspective
Ok, so what does safety have to do with the business aspect
of construction industry? To be honest, a lot of things. First of all, if you
want to get an opportunity to work on larger, well paid projects you will have
to have a good safety record. Regardless of what type of construction projects
you specialize in, you have to be able to take care of your workers and the
general public. Nobody will hire a construction company to do a large urban
project if they don’t have a great WHS safety management plan and good safety
history on their previous projects to boot. On a separate note, accidents and
injuries on a construction site can be very harmful to both company’s budget
and reputation. Accidents create delays in the construction process so they
have a negative influence on the project’s schedule. They can also provoke
lawsuits and fines that can drain a company’s budget. So, basically, when you
start protecting your workers you are also protecting your company’s budget and
The company and the workers
The fact that your company is finishing work on time and
doing quality work, too, has a lot to do with the team of people working for
you. The manual laborers, the supervisor, the engineers and all the other
people that spend their working hours on the construction site are directly
responsible for the company’s success. It is obvious, then, that changes in the
roster of your team may have a harmful effect on your team’s performance.
Injuries will make your workers unavailable and force you to fill the holes
with new people who, no matter how good they may be, will not immediately catch
on to the way things are done within your team. If you have a team of people
that work well together you want to protect that unity and thus keep the
quality of work at a higher level. Morale is also an important issue here. If
your workers feel that they are being put into too many risky situations and
that they are not being well protected, the quality and responsiveness of their
work will suffer.
Safety for your workers means safety for your budget!
The laws that regulate the safety on the construction site
are getting more rigorous and numerous. The fines for neglecting them can be
very, very hurtful to your budget. Also, when an accident does occur and one of
your workers gets injured, he/she can take you to court and in these cases the
worker wins the case (completely or in an out-of-court settlement) and this can
hurt your budget even more. If you don’t have the proper documentation and no
valid proof of your effort to achieve a high level of safety you will only
prolong the process of investigation in case of accident. This can delay your
work and cost even more money.
These are just some examples of how a high level of safety
helps your business. Don’t let your company suffer because you have neglected
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