Any foreman on a construction site can tell you, the key to having a safe and efficient work environment lies in your workers’ ability to remain organized on the job. Job organization is a multi-faceted task since it requires physical organization – the ability to keep your tools, saws, and lumber in check – as well as the mental discipline required to keep of all of your paperwork in order. Without both, your construction site could fall victim to being an inefficient mess and a potential work hazard.

Keeping your tools organized and safe

Even tools that don’t look dangerous at first can have a tragic effect on your construction site. A skill saw blade lying underneath three inches of dust and dirt can pop a tire, or worse, go through a boot. Keeping your tools organized in their truck compartments can stop any potential workplace incident, and you’ll also notice a decrease in lost tools.

Compartmentalize your paperwork

You might think that all of the paperwork you need is sitting in the passenger seat of your work truck, but if you want to be prepared for an inspector, you may want to keep an extra G702 in your glove box. In fact, storing some extra files in a separate compartment might be a better idea than just keeping your files on your dash. You never know when having an extra lien waver on hand will come in handy.

Watch out for your work vehicles

Out of all the things that could pose a potential hazard to your work environment, a work vehicle raises the biggest red flag simply because of its ability to get in the way. If trained on the piece of equipment, it can be easy to just move it to another location; but to the uninitiated, all of those levers and pedals can be seriously confusing. By keeping a trained driver that knows the piece of equipment on hand and designating a consistent “home” area for the piece of equipment, you can help limit the number of preventable accidents on your construction site.

Keep a pen, or several, handy

A pen is a job site commodity regardless of the fact that receiving paperwork that needs to be filled out on the job is inevitable. If your work attire includes a front pocket, keeping a pen attached could save you from having to fill out an application for payment using concrete chalk. Since pens have a penchant for going missing or clogging on the job due to all of the extra dust in the air, it may be wise to keep a full pack in the document compartment of your truck.

Keep every receipt and every work order

This is where keeping a specified document compartment can come in handy. If your concrete shows up two hours late and three yards of concrete short, you’ll want to keep your order receipt on hand so that you can get what you paid for as soon as possible.