It is hard to imagine a world without the heavy machinery we rely on to build our cities and infrastructure. These giants have given us the ability to complete large projects efficiently, quickly and at costs less than would have been incurred if we were still relying on manual labour.
Project Management Methods Well Documented
Through practical experience, the best methods for managing projects of all sizes and costs have been identified, documented and taught to succeeding generations of engineers and construction professionals. Advancement in technology or process improvement has brought us to where we are today, with machinery specific to almost every task readily available.
Small Businesses Provide Support Services on Large Projects
These developments have made it possible for small businesses such as ours to be successful in the supply of earth moving equipment and personnel for major projects. Our company, Dee Gees Bobcats, has excavators from 1.5 tonnes to 6 tonnes, bobcats, tippers, post hole borers and other equipment ready for general hire.
Forward Planning Essential to a Well-Run Project
After many years of experience in the industry, we know that any project can run into trouble if it has not been well planned at the outset. In fact, the presence of heavy machinery on a work site, while necessary, comes with its own set of challenges. These challenges must be identified and addressed early if the project is to run smoothly and is to be completed on time, as well as being in budget.
Book Machinery and Labour in Advance
There are several issues that immediately come to mind. The first is that the project managers know what is needed and when, then make definite arrangements with us for specific machinery and operators to be available, well in advance. We have work booked well into the future, so leaving it until the last minute to contact us may cause delays.
Use Risk Management Processes to Identify Site Hazards
The second is that OHS issues must be discussed during the planning process. A risk assessment should identify issues such as a requirement for temporary barriers to separate the public from the hazards caused by our machinery. It will likely have sought solutions to providing our machinery access and egress if the work will take some time, and to keeping the site and the machinery secure overnight.
These will not be the only hazards caused by the presence of heavy machinery on site. By planning for them at the beginning of the project, the site safety professionals will be ready to address each issue as it arises.
Every Obstacle can be Overcome with Planning
There are many more challenges involved in working with heavy machinery than those mentioned, but the guiding principle is that with planning and foresight, every obstacle can be overcome, and disruptions to the work flow kept to a minimum.