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How to prepare for a concrete pour

How to prepare for a concrete pour

There is a fair amount of planning and organisation that needs to be done before concrete is poured at a construction site. This planning will ensure that the pour runs smoothly and that there are no problems.

Planning is essential in the construction industry. It helps contractors to avoid unnecessary costs, wasting time and delaying deadlines. When it comes to pouring concrete, the process needs to be done quickly, smoothly and without injury to any contractors. Once mixed and poured, concrete begins to set, so any delays or problems will result in a costly repair job.

Contractors and workers need to be organised, the pour site needs to be ready and risk control management steps need to be taken to ensure a successful concrete pour. Whether you mix the concrete yourself or have it delivered, here are some steps that need to be taken before concrete is poured.

  • Create an agenda – This document must be given to all employees so that everyone on the construction site knows what the plan is. Confirm that the agenda works for all parties involved. Take into account changes in the weather, equipment breakdowns, employee absenteeism and the concrete supplier’s requirements.
  • Schedule meetings beforehand – Meet with all the construction crews to discuss the plan and find out what equipment will be needed for the pour. Ensure that everyone has read the agenda at the meeting and check that all contractors are ready for the concrete pour.
  • Communicate with your concrete supplier – On the day of the pour and a few days leading up to the event, check with the supplier that they are ready and still on-time with the delivery of the concrete. Check that the order is correct and that the right type of concrete will be delivered.
  • Check the construction site – Walk around the construction site before the concrete arrives. Make sure that the entry is accessible and that there is a clear route to the pour site for the delivery vehicles. Check that the ground is stable and clear from any other building material and tools. Ensure that there is an alternative exit route available if needed. Place signs around the construction site if you think they will be needed.
  • Check your equipment – Make sure all necessary equipment is ready and in the proper position. Check that it all works before the pour and ask contractors if they have all the tools they need for the job, such as pumps, shovels and floats.
  • Perform a safety analysisLook at the potential risks around the site and take steps to minimise any possibility of injury or damage. Remove all trip, slip and fall hazards. Inspect the contractors and ensure that they all have the right safety gear (hard hats, goggles, gloves and boots). Check that all supervisors are ready and in place.

Once these steps have been taken, the concrete pour can take place when all site workers are ready and know what to do. This planning is essential for a safe and efficient construction site. It will also ensure that the concrete pour goes according to plan and no unnecessary costs are incurred.

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