Job site delivery is an important and time-sensitive aspect of any successful building project. In addition to having the proper equipment, it takes experienced professionals to ensure that logistical and safety protocols are followed to the letter. In this article, we break down 4 reasons to use professional job site delivery in construction.
Job site deliveries require specialized equipment and tools to assure the safe transportation, loading, and unloading of materials. Whether it’s trusses, roofing materials, bulk construction products, or lumber — each component requires a specific technique. Examples of this equipment include:
- Crates and pallets when needed to protect your product
- Correct straps and tie-downs to secure your product without damage
- Flatbed trucks and trailers of varying sizes and configurations
- The proper equipment to load and unload your product
- Dedicated drivers and dispatch staff to safely deliver the product
Job site delivery can make or break a project’s success, which is why it’s important to use a company with the right equipment to safely haul and deliver materials.
Job site delivery requires a detailed logistics plan so that materials arrive on-time, in the right quantities, to the right place with consideration given to location and accessibility of the site. Any deviation from the plan can cost time, money, and reputation so it must be executed flawlessly. Some essential elements of the logistics plan include:
- Confirmation of the unloading zone
- Determining which equipment and attachments are required for each task
- Having materials and equipment available exactly when needed
- Prior knowledge of where delivery vehicles can enter and exit the site
- Regulatory compliance both on and off the road
- Skilled coordination of when each component should be delivered to ensure a smooth workflow
- Temporary traffic management for safe parking and unloading
Job site delivery should always be done by a team of seasoned professionals, skilled in the safe and efficient transport and handling of building materials and equipment. Most importantly, companies that deliver construction materials should comply with all federal, state, and local truck transportation laws and understand the intrastate statutes and interstate regulations monitored by the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.) Trucks transporting building materials must obey capacity, weight, and truck size rules to maintain safety and protect infrastructure.
Delivery personnel are responsible for the safety and security of, not only, building materials and equipment but also pedestrians, other drivers, and property. This is the type of work that really is best left to the professionals. If items aren’t properly locked, stacked, or racked during travel, materials can slide around and break – or worse – break free and cause injury or death. All of the above result in losses for the company and the client.
A reputable delivery company considers accessibility and the location of your job site, before arriving, ensuring everything goes as planned. Instead of just dropping off materials at the gate and leaving, an experienced company securely stacks your materials where they are safely stored until needed.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, construction truck drivers are one of the most at-risk demographics on the road, today. As such, trained, experienced staff should always be used for job site delivery.
In addition to wearing the proper protective equipment — such as gloves, hardhats, and work boots — skilled drivers are trained to avoid injuries often associated with unloading heavy and awkward products and tools. Look for a company that hires Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) trained employees who are qualified to keep themselves, and your crew, safe.
WBS Job Site Delivery
At Western Building Supply, we have the right people and the right vehicles to get you what you need to get the job done right! Since getting the proper materials to your job site can be complicated and costly, our team of skilled professionals are trained to deliver any amount of building materials to your job site, swiftly. Our delivery specialists utilize the required equipment and the necessary tools to undertake the job efficiently.
We not only make sure that your materials are loaded and handled properly but also promise to deliver them in time. Contact us to learn more!