If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,

I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.

– Abraham Lincoln

This quote might seem funny, but even wise Abe Lincoln knew that to be prepared and have your tools ready is the most important part of any project.  This can be especially true in the construction industry.  Many have been dealing with lighter workloads due to winter weather, but what happens when the weather clears up and your crews are on the road again?

Are you ready?

Are they?

The following check list might be a good reminder of some things you can do now, in preparation, to get ready for spring:

Vehicle Inspections:  It goes without saying that your people and the vehicles they drive are two areas that should never be taken for granted.  Your fleet should be road ready—tires, oil, etc…All maintenance records should be documented and tracked.

Certifications/Training Updates:  Make sure everyone on the team has updated qualifications for their job function.  Are they trained and certified to be doing that job?  Remember, a huge liability to any company is when the wrong people are on the job and something happens.  Make sure your records are up to date and plan necessary training before crews have to be on the road and it gets harder to get the team inside.

Safety Conditions Review:  You have been dealing with ice, snow—but now is the time to think about rain and mud.  What safety procedures and training does your team have to deal with a new set of elements? OSHA is always watching—so make sure you are trained in the latest job site safety standards.

Check for Changes to Plans:  Did any changes happen after the Construction drawings were submitted?  Double check that everyone is working from the same set of plans.  Huge delays happen when the right hand and the left are not communicating.

Permit Reviews:  Make sure before your team sets foot on a job that the permitting agency (DEQ, DNR, a local municipality) has clearly stated dates for the job to start and end.  Your team needs to abide by these rules.

Preparation is the key to success in any industry.  Use this time to make sure you and your team are doing all you can to get ready for the busy season ahead.


Owen Welch, CST II
Project Coordinator
Metro Consulting Associates