6 Ways to Reduce Construction Downtime
Any construction business owner knows how vital it is to reduce its downtime. Equipment or teams standing idly by means that valuable time, space and money are wasted. It means that your company is not running at its peak efficiency and at its worst can cause delays in projects. In a busy industry such as this, you need to familiarize yourself with these steps and ingrain them into your routine so you can minimize downtime as much as possible.
Any strategy to reduce downtime should begin with regular inspection periods to identify any problem areas with the equipment that could risk severely delaying a project and damaging your reputation. You don’t want to run your machinery to the ground so it’s better to schedule controlled downtime rather than risk an unplanned one. Also, remember that the older your model gets, its spare parts will be harder to get your hands on. So investing in modern equipment will improve your performance and efficiency.
It’s always wise to invest in backup machinery that would save you any lost revenue from equipment breaking down and projects being put on hold while you work overtime to find a solution. This way, you’ll have a guarantee that everything will be completed on time.
We understand that investing in equipment as a backup can come as a hesitant venture to most. But think of it this way, there are some periods of downtime that you simply can’t escape, be it spare time between projects or clients making changes to their plans. During these periods you can rent out your back up machinery so you can get some additional profit coming in. In the end, you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth by making this investment.
You need to get your team involved in your maintenance checks and make sure they’re appropriately trained for the equipment they’re handling. This teaches them as much as they need to know about their jobs and a well-trained employee is an incredible asset as he’ll be able to spot any potential hazards or problems with the equipment as well as reduce any human errors.
Third party expertise is always an invaluable thing to seek out. Especially when dealing with crane lift planning and heavy loads, make sure to consult a professional. This way, your lift is carried out with absolute minimal chances of harm to personnel or equipment and thus avoiding unscheduled downtime.
Proper communication is vital in this industry. There need to be clear communication lines so your on-site team can reach you promptly if there is ever any problem. Else production will be halted and chaos will ensue. Use technology for all its communicative advantages and implement them in the workplace, make sure every employee knows who their primary and secondary contacts should be.
Use these 6 steps to efficiently deal with and make the most of scheduled and unscheduled downtime. By doing so you can boost your company’s efficiency and have it running at peak performance.