Construction is a vast and diverse industry that pre-dates many of the modern jobs and areas that operate today. For thousands of years, there have been construction projects, workers, machines and plans laid out to build the greats monuments, and the humblest of homes. Now we operate very differently to how we would have back then.
In times gone by, the construction managers might not have been so careful with their staff, their costs, their profit margins or their efficiency. The priorities today though, have changed a great deal, and we’re going to look at just four simple, yet fundamental things that today’s construction industry just can’t do without.
Bags and sacks are something that you might not have expected to be top of the list, but quite frankly, they are one of the most important and quintessential items that you can find on a kit list in any site manager’s file. Tons upon tons of materials are used and transported around building sites, across countries and across continents. On a construction site, when disposal and waste management is needed, there are heavy duty refuse sacks that answer the call.
Since you rarely deal with milk cartons and yoghurt pots on a construction site, the normal household black bin liners, or supermarket shopping bags just won’t cut it in this environment. Rubble, bricks, metal and glass requires 500-800 gauge, super strong, super thick heavy duty bags that are up to the job. Since very few construction projects have the benefit of being under the cover of a roof, it’s also likely that these heavy duty bags need to cope with any challenges that weather might pose. Combined with the materials, surroundings, and the outside environment, the polymers used in these sacks are tested in terms of their strength and durability. Get the right bag for your building site though, and they’ll always come up trumps.
Scaffolding Safety Equipment
When a building or structure is under construction, scaffolding serves to satisfy a great deal of purposes. Scaffolding means that construction experts can build, work and survey progress on the outside of a building as it progresses too high for conventional ladders. It would not be safe, fast, or efficient to operate a construction project without it! While it allows access, it’s also important that you adopt safety equipment for your scaffolding. No construction project can do without it, safety first!
The function of debris nets are twofold, to protect the workers, and to protect the public. M.Laurier & Sons Ltd are one of the leading suppliers of scaffolding sheeting and with a safe perimeter around any tall scaffolding structure where possible, certain environments, particularly in built up areas and in city centres, don’t allow for a large area around the site. Debris nets earn their title for stopping materials, or even employees, from falling from the side of the scaffolding and injuring anyone involved in the incident, at the top or the bottom. Scaffolding safety is paramount, and debris nets are something that the construction industry really can’t do without. Impressively, they also bring in more advantages for those who are interested in added benefits. Not only can you help them stop objects from escaping, but also excess sound! Debris nets can come with acoustic quilting that helps to keep noisy work sites from disturbing the outside environment. The construction industry is notorious for being a loud one, and these nets can help to reduce the impact on the surroundings during the works taking place.
As we mentioned, a safe perimeter is not always feasible, and some scaffolding needs to be erected in places where the public have access. Tape, signposts and foam protectors at the base level of the scaffolding will make sure that your ground level poles are highly visible, and the public risk is reduced if they walk into them. Scaffolding safety equipment has well and truly earned its place on the list. The public can’t do without it, and your staff can’t either.
Site Disposal Chutes
A Disposal chute, in simple terms, is a series of ‘bucket’ shaped tube pieces that form a giant vertical snake, going from a high level to low level on a construction site. This simple but effective item is design at its best; it is fast, effective, and has been simplified down to a pure form that fulfils its role perfectly. The chute is used to transport materials from high level, to low level safely, quickly and efficiently. Before chutes, the materials, debris or rubble might have been carried to ground level, dropped freely from the top, or transported by a slower, less safe method.
The chute deals with the three main priorities that a construction site manager should have: safety, speed and quality. The chute achieves speed and efficiency without compromising on safety or quality; a somewhat unique product. Objects are dropped down the chute instead of depending on individuals to hit the target of a skip or waste pile and risking hitting a colleague, member of the public or piece of equipment or machinery. No man hours are wasted in going up and down scaffolding to dispose of pieces of rubble or materials either.
Since they are made with angular modules, they can be quickly stacked and stored for easy transportation and storage. They can be quickly put up or down onsite, saving time and money and allowing construction to begin as soon as possible. When you’re dealing with building quotes and working to a fixed-price contract, completing a project quickly is again, top of the priority list.
Finally for this item, chutes are specially constructed and equipped to handle their environment. The polymers used are able to excel in warm or hot weather, unlike some which are prone to crack or shatter in cold temperatures or disfigure in extreme heat.
Since they are coming into regular contact with hard, heavy materials moving at great speed, it’s also vital for your construction site that your equipment won’t break and cost you more time and money, holding up the job. Chutes are specially designed and manufactured to be hard-wearing, and absorb the impacts, take the knocks, scrapes and hard materials that are thrown down them all day long.
Covers and Sheets
If there’s one thing that the construction industry has to be prepared for, it’s bad weather. Especially in the UK, many projects exceed their estimated time of completion because they are being held up by snow, wind or rain. When wet weather arrives, the construction industry needs to be prepared. Here’s where our final simple element comes in and saves your parade from being rained on. Ground covers and sheeting is there to protect your projects and your materials. A construction project usually keeps the materials it needs for that phase of the build on-site, to provide easy, quick access to them as and when they are needed at that stage. When you’re storing things outside, you need covers and sheets that are hard wearing, tough, and will keep out all manner of weather. Low-density polyethylene damp proof membrane will do that job. With an impressive gauge of 1000, this stuff is perfect for standing on, covering, protecting and resisting anything that the world can throw at it.
While you’re working, you also need to protect the finished surfaces, flooring and materials that you need to stay in good condition.Polythene roll is the perfect solution to this problem. Construction industries can potentially spend up to 20% more time and money on repairing and cleaning up damages or mess because of their lack of preparation. If you’re dealing with mess, wood or dust then extractor bags will help you keep a handle on your dust extraction, collecting sawdust and wood chippings. No matter how small or how large an element, these are all simple items that the construction industry simply could not do without.