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Knowing What You’re Getting Into When Starting Up A Construction Business

Chloe Harwood
Written by Chloe Harwood

Nowadays, more and more new startup businesses tend to be going in the same direction: E-commerce selling retail goods and services. So many people are focusing their attention directly towards the online sector that business elsewhere is experiencing the cold shoulder. This is the perfect time to set up in a relatively neglected area. Construction may well be the way to go. After all, while consumers may have their heads buried in commerce on the internet, they still live in the real world and need tangible homes and shelters to live in. While many online retail stores will fall flat (due to tough competition or loss of customer interest after a few months), there will always be a need for buildings and you can cater to that. So, if you’re interested in starting up a construction site, read on for everything that you should consider before getting started.

What Does Construction Entail?

A construction worker will undertake hard, physical labour to complete many tasks that can be very difficult and hazardous. The task at hand will most often be building something. Some examples would be homes, bridges, offices and skyscrapers. Most jobs require little skill and can be picked up quickly, while more complex jobs require training and experience. Simple tasks include clearing up construction sites, loading and unloading materials that will be used in the construction process, digging trenches, filling hole and using equipment involved in the construction process, such as operating cement mixers, diggers and cherry pickers. Examples of more complex jobs are specialised. Demolition, for example, involves tearing buildings down safely and effectively. Some individuals will specialise in building homes and businesses. Others will have the skillsets to dig tunnels and mineshafts. Depending on the job at hand, you will most likely be employing individuals from different specialisms and backgrounds.

Responsibilities

The main risk when it comes to construction is much more significant than profits and meeting sales targets. The risks involved in construction lie on people’s lives. After all, it’s a dangerous business. There are a lot of things that can go wrong and the results can be fatal. First things first: your employees. Around forty five people have died in construction jobs in the UK alone this year. Other countries have less stringent health and safety laws, so see much higher numbers of injury and death.  So, when going into this sector, you have to completely consider the risks entailed and do the best to help your employees avoid blunders, falls and injuries. Your employees’ health and safety is largely your responsibility.  Secondly, the individuals who will be making use of the site you have constructed on. Whether that’s tenants of a home, mine workers or individuals driving over a bridge that your company has built. You will need to ensure that the quality of your company’s work doesn’t fall below parr. Huge structures can pose a serious threat to individuals utilising them if they are not built properly.

Construction Law

Once you’re familiar with the dangers of construction, you will be well aware that where there’s risk, there’s the chance for an individual to make a claim against you. Of course, if an employee chooses to disregard your regulations and guidelines, you may think there isn’t much that you can do. But if they experience an accident in the workplace or injure themselves at work, they will have a potential case against you. You need to be aware that there are measures that you can take. Individuals found to be working outside of guidelines and rules should be given warnings and dismissed if their behaviour continues. Their work is not worth putting themselves, other workers and the public at risk. If an individual is hurt through no fault of their own, you will have to compensate them. Know your construction law, so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with when such situations arise. Make sure that you have a good lawyer who can advise you well.

Reputation

One of the hardest aspects of starting up a construction firm is gaining a good reputation. When it comes to manual labour, people will often go on reviews and word of mouth when making a judgement regarding whether to choose your firm or not. This is why it is so important that you offer a high quality, professional service. Make sure that your products are safe, as well as aesthetically pleasing. Remember that your reputation doesn’t only rely on the finished product offered to the customer. They will also judge you on your communication with them and the speed at which you are able to offer what they want.

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Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood