Major Control on construction Managing Mistakes
When it comes to large construction projects, the last thing a contractor wants to deal with is a costly mistake that will cause them to absorb the repair costs into their budgets. Construction mistakes happen, but they can get costly and fast. While mistakes can arise at any time, it’s not always easy to fix the problems when they occur in the construction industry. One small error has the potential to rapidly deteriorate other elements of a project. Sometimes, the project won’t pass inspection, or it will need to be torn down due to safety and health concerns. Additionally, construction blunders can have a domino effect that will impact every part of the project from electrical, plumbing and finishing elements.
Adopting a plan of action when a construction mistake appears will allow you to address the issue quickly to lower the amount of damage, prevent extensive rework and ensure that the rest of the construction project is finished on time. Here are five of the best practices to help you get the project back on track. You or your team members messed up. While it can be natural to want to avoid blame and embarrassment, this is only counterproductive to moving forward. Playing the blame game at the worksite as each contractor and subcontractor points the finger at someone else only wastes precious time in coming up with a suitable solution. If it’s your or your team’s problem, be professional and admit to it as soon as possible so that the construction team can move on to find a quick resolution. For some construction mistakes, there may be multiple contractors, workers and material providers who are at fault. Figure out, as swiftly as possible, who is contractually obligated to pay for the issue and then ensure that you make the appropriate payments on time if you are the guilty party
Figuring out what caused the error is just as critical as fixing it. Getting to the root of the issue is an essential first step in resolution. For instance, if the problem happened because of one of your workers, you could address the worker’s performance to avoid a similar situation in the future. Yet if the problem deals with materials that were used, you want to immediately stop the rest of the workers from using the same poor quality materials for the rest of the construction project. Detail what the issue was, what materials may have been involved, which workers made a mistake and how they made it. Providing complete descriptions of the misstep can prevent it from materializing again with another project. If the mistake was with ordering materials, you could find another supplier who offers better quality products and have the materials shipped out immediately to prevent further downtime issues.
If possible, make sure to document the mistake visually with photos. While you can write an extremely detailed description of the omission, only photos can capture it to its full extent. If you’re using a field collaboration software, photos can be directly embedded into sheets. Therefore, the entire team can read about, as well as view the mistakes that occurred and adapt accordingly. Mistakes in construction should never be kept under wraps. The full project team needs to be alerted to when the issue occurred and the magnitude of its potential to impact other aspects of the project.
If you fail to let other team members understand the mistake, they may not be able to minimize damage as quickly or effectively as possible. Communicate not only with your team but with other project stakeholders and subcontractors. Make sure everyone understands the error and can move on with their work with minimum interruptions.
Not every construction mistake can be addressed immediately. You may also have to coordinate with different contractors, plumbers, and electricians who will be needed to resolve the issue. Meet with project teams to coordinate repair efforts and create an appropriate schedule where the workers will be available to address the issue. Ensure you keep key stakeholders accountable for fixing the issue on time. Then, document the type of actions that will be performed, so everyone is on the same page and to prevent problems that could impact other aspects of the construction project. Finally, take a look at the overall construction schedule. If the mistake in construction was significant enough, the larger construction schedule might have to be adjusted. While this is never an ideal situation to push project deadlines back, rescheduling promptly will help reset project goals that your team can actually make. Make sure you coordinate with relevant parties to set a new schedule, and once again, communicate it immediately with teams.