When a construction or demo site is ready for cleanup, safety has to be the number one priority. Here are 10 key components of a safe cleanup.
1. Proper Storage
Materials need to be stored in containers that can sustain their weight and won’t break when moved. Containers can’t be overfilled, and in some cases, they need to be sealed before they can be moved.
2. Sufficient Workforce
A commercial construction cleanup needs to have enough manpower. Too few people taking on a project can result in unsafe conditions.
3. Trained Workers
Workers need to be thoroughly trained in safely performing the task at hand. An inadequately trained workforce can result in accidents onsite.
4. Reasonable Timeline
Projects can’t be rushed to meet a deadline. An experienced team can provide a good estimate of how long a job will take.
5. Safe Use of Machinery
All machinery and equipment used in a cleanup have to be operated safely. Machines have to be in good working order and operated by trained workers.
6. Planning and Documentation
Projects need to be planned in advance, and a thorough checklist should be used. A cleanup crew should document what steps were taken in the course of a project and when.
7. Protective Gear
The crew needs to wear all OSHA required equipment. Gloves, goggles, and masks need to be worn at all times when required.
8. Emergency Preparedness
A commercial construction cleanup crew needs to know what to do in the case of an emergency such as inclement weather. They should have a plan in place to secure materials as needed to prevent them from being scattered offsite.
9. Regulatory Compliance
A crew needs to know how to perform a job in compliance with all local regulations. Following all applicable municipal code and federal safety standards are essential for a safe cleanup.
10. Secure Transport
Materials taken offsite need to be transported safely. All materials have to be properly secured while in transit.