As I walked past a construction project the other Sunday, I noticed that a number of people were working on the project site. It brought up memories of some of my projects where we sometimes worked long hours and pulled weekend shifts. In fact, we found that on some projects up to 30% of the hours worked were above the normal hours. I know that some of my colleagues routinely had their projects working every Sunday. But, were these additional hours really necessary and worth it?
The Cost of Working Overtime on construction projects.
Working long hours has numerous costs, some of which aren’t always obvious. These include:
Some projects have to work on weekends or at night because that’s the only time there is access to the work areas. Other times, limited overtime work may be beneficial to the project, such as:
In some cases, a particular task can’t be interrupted, such as when a large volume of concrete is poured. It’s good practice to arrange additional people to come in later in the day to take over from the first team and to always allow individuals in the team to take sufficient rest breaks during the shift.
The Golden Rules for Working Overtime on your construction project
If the project has to work overtime, then it is vital to ensure that:
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