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How to handle construction mistakes at the site?

by Anshul on March 08, 2022

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Mistakes at construction sites can not only lower profit margins but can sometimes also turn out to be dangerous. Work on the construction site is executed step-by-step, with each step in progress having a significant impact on the next step and the overall project. If your project is not executed carefully and you encounter errors or glitches, you need to resolve them quickly. Otherwise, it can affect the entire project.

To avoid mistakes and ensure the smooth running of your project, proper construction site management can prove to be quite beneficial. Construction management not only improves the efficiency of the project process, but also makes the structure stronger, more durable, and cheaper. Still, some mistakes can be very dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Therefore, not only lower-level employees but also higher-level project professionals need to take appropriate measures to carry out their work, which plays an even greater role in preventing such mistakes.

Responsible, cautious, careful, and organized work processes are key to minimizing the occurrence of errors at construction sites. This can be done by strictly following the steps to minimize errors which not only speed up project execution but also result in cost-effective and timely project completion.

Ways to handle mistakes at construction sites

Mistakes at construction sites can be corrected by adopting various measures at different stages of the project progress. Proper solutions should be formulated by carefully assessing the cause and impact of the mistake so that it does not occur again in future.

The best way to avoid mistakes on construction sites is to plan out solutions for probable mistakes at the beginning of the project itself. This allows workers to avoid them before occurring or resolve them as soon as they occur.

Here are some major ways that can be adopted to handle mistakes on construction sites:

01 - Taking responsibility for mistakes

Taking responsibility for the mistakes and learning from them instead of countering them directly, will not only avoid confusion but also give you enough time to correct those mistakes and help you to avoid such mistakes in the future.

Recognizing workers' responsibilities also improves the speed and quality of their work. This means that if multiple contractors or material suppliers are involved, the cost of fixing the error must be borne by the person or the team responsible for the error. The project manager or site in charge is responsible for making the right decisions regardless of the cause of the failure, the details of the work, and the predefined agreement between the contractor and the client. He ensures that the team or individual who made the mistake will take corrective action.

02 - Documentation of mistakes

The construction industry is primarily composed of repetitive and tedious work processes. If a particular error occurs more frequently, the corresponding analysis and documentation of the error pattern can help improve the situation and inform you about errors that can be avoided early and easily. Therefore, if your mistakes are well documented, you can save enough time, increase profits, and support future projects.

An error scale can also be developed to measure the minimum error count that a particular operation must accept. This error scale can also be useful for tracking and monitoring the accuracy with which project activities are executed. Also, clearly describing the false actions that lead to such errors can also help unskilled workers understand and analyze the causes, improve future processes, and correct operating errors.

A third-party inspector's routine assessment can analyze these widely used tasks, avoid mistakes, analyze the losses resulting from these mistakes, and help in eliminating these mistakes. The mistakes should also be documented to predict the future impact of the mistake.

03 - Efficient Communication

Efficient communication between workers also plays an important role in reducing errors at construction sites and ensuring smooth project progress. In construction projects, delays in communication take up more time and have no positive effect. Therefore, all the details need to be communicated to everyone responsible on time.

Encouraging unskilled and semi-skilled workers to participate in training programs sponsored by qualified professionals provides them with experience to improve communication between teams and avoid mistakes.

In this digitized era, collaboration and communication of information and skills have become easier with the help of construction apps that provide interactive capabilities. This app-style digital aid is used to communicate, monitor, and track construction progress in real-time.

04 - Appropriate corrective measures

Even after many precautions have been taken, mistakes may be unavoidable or beyond repair at the construction site and may require appropriate corrections at the right time. However, this can still lead to new challenges such as worker unavailability for repairs. You then need to plan out suitable corrective measures that need to be executed by adjusting some time in the planned schedule and allocating resources required for correcting the mistakes. It is the contractor's responsibility to get the project on track, so the contractor must be responsible for the repair work.

If there are any errors due to the quality of the materials used, you should notify the supplier responsible for each material. Most construction works typically use large amounts of raw materials, so poor quality materials should be replaced with better ones as soon as possible but their replacement with proper quality checks and within a scheduled time is also a very difficult task.

05 - Project risk evaluation

As the saying goes, "prevention is better than cure", the best way to deal with mistakes at construction sites is to avoid them as soon as possible, and thus risk assessment must be performed to achieve these project objectives on time.

Project risk assessment does not seem like an important step to avoid mistakes, but it has proven to be beneficial for construction projects. It provides a complete assessment report of the actions that caused the failure, how to fix them, and the actions that need to be taken at the start of the project. At the construction site, repairs may have to be postponed due to labor shortages and careful assessment of the status of a project needs to be done.

The introduction of automation has greatly contributed to minimizing errors at construction sites. Due to artificial intelligence, working in dangerous areas is unmanned and at very low risk. Over time, technological advances have benefited the construction industry, reducing risk factors and improving accuracy and execution.