5 Tips for Running a More Efficient Job Site: Eliminate Wasted Motion
Working more efficiently means getting more done with less effort. Doing away with wasted actions is one of the best ways to increase efficiency. Keep the following tips in mind as you look to work smarter, not harder.
1. Organize your equipment and keep it that way
Organizing your equipment far before your truck ever reaches the job site is one of the best ways to maximize your work efficiency. Utilize accessories such as Stellar’s (formerly American Eagle® branded) Bolt Bins and egg crate dividers in your drawer systems to avoid scrounging for the tool you need once the job has started.
2. Maintain communication
If your truck will have multiple users on a job site, proper communication is essential. This boils down to keeping your tools and supplies organized consistently, so another employee will not have to waste time searching for the tool they need.
3. Eliminate downtime through extensive early planning
Downtime is the main source of wasted motion on a job site. Preventing this comes down to multiple factors including organization of your equipment, your team and your inventory. Walking to locate tools, job-site inventory or even a co-worker amounts to time wasted. Extensive planning allows you to prepare for the shortcomings of a job site and stay ahead of the needs of your crew.
4. Maintain your equipment through required inspections and maintenance
Ensure that your equipment is ready for the job site by keeping up with consistent maintenance schedules. That includes any equipment mounted to your chassis such as your crane, compressor and welder. By keeping these inspections up to date, you can avoid wasted time if your equipment breaks down on the job site.
5. Upfit your current truck based on user needs
This includes multiple points already detailed and can increase your worksite efficiency immensely. By building communication between each end user, you can become aware of the inefficiencies of your current truck configuration.
Is your mechanics body payload up to the challenge of the equipment you intend on loading? Do you have the correct crane size for the job? Is your compressor capable of running all of your necessary equipment? These are the type of details you need to keep in mind before bringing your truck to the job site, and they can be obtained by maintaining proper communication between your crew.
By making adjustments such as optimizing organization of your tools, communicating better with co-workers, or simply planning jobs better, you’ll be surprised by how much more time and productivity you can add to each day.