Of the many things to look at when setting up a
construction site, material is just one of them.
Depending on the project, you may need to answer the
How big is the area for storing material on site?
Can the material be secured?
Is the material exposed to the weather?
Does all the material have to be on site?
Is the material stored properly?
Are there MSDSs on all required material?
Is the material the right material?
You should not store more than 2 weeks of material on
the job. If you do not need it now, do not draw it now! If
you must build a material storage area, try and make it in
an area that is not going to be in the way of construction.
Tool accountability is one item you as a crew leader
must control. The simplest way to be sure you have all
the tools you signed for is through tool kit inventories and
subcustody cards. Twice monthly tool kit inventories are
required by the Seabee Supply Manual with the
exception of some large kits. Inventory schedules are
listed in an appendix of the Seabee Supply Manual. A
kit inventory list will be provided by CTR for each kit
you have checked out. During each inventory, you count
each item and check the quantity on hand versus the
quantity on the inventory list. You indicate the shortages
for each item and determine a dollar amount for all items
not accounted for. Along with accountability, service-
ability is also important. You have to ensure all electrical
tools are safety checked each month and the right color
tape is placed on the cord. All power tools whether gas
or air operated must also be checked. Be sure to remove
any defective tools from service. Provide safety
protection equipment for any tool that requires such.
Tools must be kept clean and organized. To prevent
theft, secure all tools at the end of each work day.
Remember, you are the one responsible for the tools.
The first thing anyone notices about your jobsite is
the general appearance. You can be doing high-quality
work but if your jobsite looks bad that is the only thing
people are going to remember. Have the crew members
pick up after themselves during the workday and
conduct a final cleanup at the end of each day. A clean
jobsite is a safe jobsite.
One of the most important impressions made upon
command visitors is the one made by the crew leaders
when presenting the job. Remember your military
bearing and speak positively. Be professional; first
impressions are lasting impressions. Describe the
project in general, including the type of construction and
finishes. Mention specific safety measures taken
regarding any hazards present. Explain the project
schedule to the visitor(s) by using the level III barchart.
If you are behind schedule, explain how you are going
to catch up. You want each visitor to leave with an
impression that you know what you are doing. Do not
try to bluff your way through. If asked questions you
cannot answer, ask the visitors if you can get back to
them with the answers later. Then be sure you do.
Remember that visitors often carry an impression, good
or bad, back to higher headquarters.
The field office may be an equipment shelter or
appropriate structure separate from tool and material
storage. Any material used to construct the field office
shall be waste material, material from MLO excess, or
material listed for office construction on the project BM.
The following list of required field office items is
updated daily and is available to the chain of command
and project crew:
Level III bar chart
Safety plan/EM385 1-1
Quality control plan
Construction activity summary sheets
Daily safety topics
Emergency telephone numbers
Crew Organization/chain of command
Complete project package
Clean working drawings (with changes marked
in red pencil and construction notes in blue)
11. Construction crew location chart
12. Material status
The eight items marked with an asterisk(*) must be
posted on the jobsite information board as in figure 3-22.