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 following questions:
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:
1* Level III bar chart
2* Safety plan/EM385 1-1
3* Quality control plan
4* Construction activity summary sheets
5* Weekly goals
6* Daily safety topics
7* Emergency telephone numbers
8* Crew Organization/chain of command
9 Complete project package
10 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.Continue Reading