The Importance of Jobsite Cleanup
This is a guest post from Joe Baccellieri of LevMax Contracting in Middletown, NJ.
In my time in the construction business I’ve noticed a few things, one of those being the importance of keeping the jobsite clean. Now, I’m not talking about the end of the day scuffle to run a quick broom and gather a pile of sawdust, dump it in the garbage can, turn out the lights, and run to the truck. Been there, done that. What I’ve realized about jobsite cleanup and organization is how important ongoing cleaning and organizing is as you progress through the job.
I’ve been to many sites where tools are scattered about, piles of dirt, debris, or material are spread around like an eight year old boy’s Lego set. Not only does this type of disorganization slow down your work, it is also unsafe. That is only the obvious assessment though. Have any of you stopped to consider: What must this look like to my client or other potential clients? It doesn’t matter if you’re the best trim carpenter, the best framer who produces the straightest walls, the tile installer with perfect spacing, or the drywall taper with the smoothest joints, chances are If your jobsite is a mess, people will automatically assume that is how your final product will turn out. I’m not saying that this is right, or fair, for that matter; but customers and other individuals in and around the work site have a very limited amount of time to assess an area while work is being performed. Most times, these individuals don’t know much about the process of construction, one thing they will notice and can assess is cleanliness and order.
This especially holds true if the jobsite is an area that needs to be accessed by the client or by others. For example: Not too long ago while I was working on a commercial project, the plumber on the job had to dig a relatively large trench to install a sewer line. Instead of neatly placing the dirt somewhere out of the way, he left it smack in the middle of an area where the client receives their deliveries and it remained for almost a week! What an inconvenience! Now, this plumber might be the best plumber in the world, but do you think the client would recommend him to anyone after this? Judging by their reaction, my bet is they won’t.
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