January 2015 Spotlight: Dan Lebeda
February 2015 Spotlight: "Amazing Concrete Finish Crew"
March 2015 Spotlight: Ryan Dalton
April 2015 Spotlight: Tupou Hola
May 2015 Spotlight: Concrete Form Carpenters
June 2015 Spotlight: Elly Besharatpour
July 2015 Spotlight: Aaron Weese
August 2015 Spotlight: Crane Operators
September 2015 Spotlight: Dan Henrie
October 2015 Spotlight: Jake Myler
November 2015 Spotlight: Christian Heitert
December 2015 Spotlight: Michael Morrison
Weekly Safety Inspection
Daily Man Hours Per Unit
Concrete Pourout Form
Concrete Placement Checklist
Slab Pre-Pour Card
Morning crew meetings, when done properly, will not only help the supervisor get organized, but help the crew plan their work where they can be efficient. Simple things like getting tools and equipment in one shot can save 15 minutes, and if everyone on the crew understands the directive and goals for the day, can help to eliminate delays, confusion and frustration that associated with poor planning. To have an effective morning meeting try the five "D's".
Create a Daily Work Process
If there is one thing I could improve it would be time management, especially lately I have found myself missing a meeting, forgetting scheduled activities etc., I thought to myself how could I gain control and develop better time management? So thinking back to a time I thought everything was clicking, and asked myself what was the difference? I realized that I had somewhat of a set routine where I picked five important items that needed to happen everyday.
Using SCC (Self-Consolidating Concrete) for Production Part 11.
For me, I have found that a 26" spread is the sweet spot for SCC placement; the flow seems to be perfect, as well as not needing to foam-fill every gap in the formwork. In fact a hole up to 13/16" will spew out for a second where you have time to shove a small rock, rag or something similar to stop the leak. Typically you will foam large continuous gaps along the bottom of the forms where it seats on the footing, along the bulkheads if the reinforcing penetrates and laps out or unused tie holes. But as far as the smaller one's the paste will leak but if you're not pouring a pea-gravel SCC mix with a 30" spread, you don't have to spend a lot of time filling every quarter inch hole.
How Do You Become a Foreman? I hear from almost every carpenter out there that they want to become a Foreman. It makes sense right? We should all want to progress and grow. If I had to guess, you were never given a defined path to get from laborer to carpenter or carpenter to foreman. This is something that I have personally struggled with in my career. I have seen companies make the mistake of promoting someone because they are a hard worker. Work ethic is only one of the skills that makes a good supervisor. Maybe you have had one of these as a foreman; the guy who works really hard but is a poor communicator and/or a poor planner.
Is the fear of the unknown paralyzing your career?
Human nature is to fear the unknown, it is the path of least resistance to "stick to what we know". Don't get me wrong, we should strive to perfect what we do in our current roles weather it's carpentry, place and finish, layout, crew oversight, or project oversight. But if we get too comfortable in that role only, how are we going to advance? Our industry typically gives us little preparation and formal training to take the next step in our careers, few and far between are the leaders who separate themselves by learning the skills needed to advance. If you step up and take the initiative you will be noticed. We should all try to learn new technologies that will help us be more efficient.
Job Site Teamwork
Teamwork, what does it mean? Its definition is- A cooperative or a coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interest of a common cause.
I’m sure all of us at some point in our construction career have experienced the people that try to play hero, or want to build the whole job on their own. When this happens the moral on the crew and the attitude of the guys that work around this person go downhill. When your crew has a bad attitude or low moral things tend to slow down and the quality of work suffers. All this can happen from the one person thinking that they have to do everything them self. Typical the person trying to do everything themselves think it makes them look good to the boss, which on some jobs the boss thinks that without this one person they wouldn't have been able to get it done. When in some cases there might be other workers who can do things better and faster than this one person.