Across the globe, the construction industry is developing at a fast pace, giving shape to incredible buildings that the world has not even dreamt of. Unlike the past times, modern construction advancements are touching the sky, both literally and metaphorically. However, it is also true that different industries work on different principles and face distinct risk factors, and the construction businesses are no exception. From accidental falls of workers from greater heights on the construction sites to fire hazards, there are several different risks that they deal with, which can cause severe losses. However, it is possible to minimize the impact of these risk factors with the help of well-defined risk management strategies and their proper execution.
If you are also running a construction business in India, here are the four most common risks you should mitigate:
- Seasonal Slowdown
Seasonal variations do have a say in continuing the construction processes in almost every Indian state. Take the case of heavier rainfall in India. It is hard for construction contractors to continue working on the exteriors of buildings when it is raining heavily. The risk of failure is higher in such times. Similarly, it becomes hard to dig frozen areas of land in extreme winter months.
It would be best if you stay prepared about work as per the location of construction sites you are working in and its climate. You may not have enough work during the adverse weather conditions. So, be prepared to cover up the expenses of continuing the construction work.
Plus, lawsuits from the construction workers because of an accident at the site can occur during the seasonal dips. Make sure you have invested in workers compensation coverage to handle legal trouble.
- Equipment Malfunction
For the construction contractors and workers, the tools and equipment they use can be considered the root that supports their livelihood. Without their tools, they can’t work on the construction sites. As a part of usual uncertainties, equipment breakdown can occur at any point in time. While some construction tools are easy to repair or replace, others take time to be back into use after a sudden malfunction.
So, it would be great if you have invested in extra tools to deal with equipment damage, whenever it happens. Furthermore, it is vital that you train construction workers about how to use their devices safely to prevent frequent problems.
- Injuries to Construction Workers
People working at construction sites are usually vulnerable to several potential hazards. It is especially true for the beginners who have just started working on these sites to earn livelihood. Modern residential and commercial buildings are mostly tall, which increases the risk of falling from a height for the workers.
Any accident, small or big that happens on a construction site makes the contractors responsible for paying the compensation for the losses incurred to the victims. In worst cases of permanent disability or death, the victims or their family members can file a lawsuit against the contractor for breach of safety policies to be implemented at the construction site. It can cause severe legal troubles and drain your savings faster. Workers compensation coverage can protect you in case of injuries or allegations filed because of construction site hazards. Plus, you are advised to enforce safety regulations as per laws to minimize the risk of possible injuries.
- Incompletion of Projects on Deadline
Construction projects often fail to meet the deadlines of completion because of several unforeseen obstacles. These include delay in the delivery of building materials, equipment malfunction, redesigning of constructed buildings, to name a few. The delay caused in project completion can cause considerable problems to the contractors. It is important that you keep your clients informed about the possible delays, push the deadlines as required and get the contracts amended accordingly.
Risk management at construction sites requires efficient collaboration between various stakeholders. By keeping them all on the same page and managing the risks altogether can prevent the occurrence of severe problems. Keep in mind that the best way to rise above the risk factors is to manage them effectively.
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