Why A General Contractor Must Only Do One Thing At A Time


Why does a General Contractor need General Liability Insurance when a construction project is fast-tracked and you require multi-tasking?

Complete construction projects in a specific order as per the program of works. Here’s why:

• Logical Sequence of Works

There is a logical sequence of activities in the program of works of any construction project. Begin construction from the foundation upwards. Therefore, rationally, it is not possible to put up a roof without the framework structure of the building. 

The critical path of the project dictates that all you need to carry out critical activities one at a time, in the outlined sequence. This depends on the precedence relationship between activities. While you can start some activities after you end some activities, you can carry out others concurrently to reduce the estimated project completion time. 

The proper sequencing of works in the schedule also enables the contractor to allow for technical requirements such as the required period for concrete to cure, before beginning the next activity.

• Productivity & Schedule Management 

The allocation of a particular order of work to construction activities enables the general contractor and the contractors to set the effective rate of work and productivity by outlining the duration of each activity.

This will, therefore, necessitate the contractor to work within the stipulated duration, to avoid any time overruns or consequently inconveniencing the contractor carrying out the next activity in the sequence.

• This is why General Contractors need Professional Liability coverage 

However, sometimes there is a change to the project delivery dates. This creates additional stress for all contractors. The main reason to fast track project delivery is to save owners money by limiting the amount of construction time and therefore begin to quickly generate revenue from the completed building.

When construction projects are fast-tracked, the quality of work is in jeopardy. As a contractor, you must protect your business by adding Professional Liability coverage to your Contractors General Liability insurance. Professional Liability insurance (also called Errors and Omissions coverage will protect your General Contractor business, your workers, and other professionals against claims of inadequate work or negligent actions, both of which can easily happen if you hurry.

• Resource Allocation

The sequencing of activities is very important in the allocation of limited construction resources among contractors. There is sharing of equipment, tools, materials, and labor on the construction site. Therefore, establishing a given order to processes will ensure that you allocate any equipment or resource to only one specific contractor at any given time. This also guarantees allocative efficiency, when  ensuring that assigning a resource to the best possible use at all times.

Resource allocation also includes budgeting. Complete the allocation of funds gradually as per the cash inflows, giving priority to the leading critical activities in the sequence. It means that there is sufficient finding for the procurement of materials and resources in advance to allow adequate time for suppliers to organize and prepare for delivery.

• This is why General Contractors need equipment breakdown insurance

Equipment breakdown insurance covers damages caused by internal forces. This includes operator error, power surges, electrical shorts, mechanical breakdowns, or motor burnout.  A General Contractor General Liability insurance policy does not cover equipment breakdown. Your insurance agency should customize your coverage by adding this type of insurance to your program. 

• Proper Planning and Quality Control

All construction activities are interconnected. Therefore, compromised quality in one activity might affect the quality of other activities and the entire project’s integrity. Allocating a given order to work activities ensures the completion of the quality and approval of a preceding activity before the next works begin. 

For instance, if plumbing pipes leading to the roof storage tank are not tested and approved before installation of the ceiling. This may mean, in case of any leakages, the ceiling might have to be redone. A more sensible approach would be to complete all quality control checks for that activity before proceeding to the next.

• Site Safety

Sequencing and organization of work also allow the general contractor and the contractors to ensure that workers work together and receive organization in such a way as to ensure maximum safety on site. For example, when installing the roof, and there are risks of falling objects and tools. It would be advisable to ensure no other contractor is working on that floor, for safety reasons.

• This is why General Contractors need General Liability Insurance

General Contractor General Liability Insurance is necessary for your construction business as it provides third-party bodily injury and property damage coverage. 

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Many general contractor business owners are so busy doing the job that you forget to check whether your General Contractor General Liability Insurance covers common liability claims. Now is the time to check.

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