Key 2: Start Planning Before You Think You Need To
Safety can’t be bolted on at the end of the day or the end of the week. At its best, safety thinking pervades all aspects of project planning and construction. For
occupied site projects, leverage the following early strategies:
Integrated delivery. Design-Build and other methods integrate design and construction planning. A proficient contractor will use the preconstruction period to develop a phasing and logistics plan that’s tailored to specific owner needs.
Safety isn’t just the Superintendent’s job. While the buck stops at the Site Superintendent, one person is not enough to ensure safe practices are being followed, especially on large projects. Look for contractors with a well-staffed safety department and additional audit and reporting systems.
User communication planning. Communicating routing and phasing plans to construction workers is the easy part. Getting the word out to affected facility staff, customers, and visitors is harder. Great general contractors combine tried and true methods like wayfinding signage with digital tools like daily e-mail updates and live site cameras.
Virtual design and construction. VDC and BIM are about more than just efficiency. Expanding model access to site supervision, safety, and trade staff—even during design—allows them to develop a site-specific approach. By using the building model as a way to talk about user routing, phasing, and safety, all parties come to the jobsite better prepared.