The construction site is usually a hive of activity, and this increases with increase in the magnitude of construction being undertaken. Different sites call for different management styles as informed by issues like;
· Size of site: An expanse site will need more elaborate management procedures. Sites like for road construction are concerned with remote works, mostly in multiples. This will definitely require more management work than a single building site.
· Activities on site: The more the activities on a particular site, the more the management task at hand.
· Location of site: Generally, sites in busy areas like town centers offer more complicated management requirements than lone sites.
Site management is usually a collective responsibility between the client’s representative and the various contractors. The ultimate responsibility is however left to the main contractor. There is usually an allowance in the pricing of the project, usually in the preliminaries section of the bills of quantities. The clerk of works (COW) is usually the contractor’s man in charge of site activities in the case of building projects. This is made possible by the assistance of other. These include:
· Store keeper: The store is usually a very sensitive subject in any construction site. The security of the items in the store is of utmost importance. Records for deliveries as well as dispatches need to be keenly watched. How the items are stored is also a very important item to take care of.
· Gate man: This is concerned with the overall security at the gate, for things that come in or go out of the site. They also take account of all persons coming in and out of the site.
· Statutory workers: These are statute regulators and they help to enforce requirements on site, for example sanitation.
The following are the main points of consideration that a site manager is charged with.
· Site administration
· Material storage
· Plant, tools and equipment storage
· Security of works, materials, plant and equipment
· Waste management
· Pollution control
· Safety on site
· Workers Welfare
These are all requirements for a site to run smoothly as well as to ensure a wholesome completion of the works. Site planning is usually the first and most crucial step as far as site management is concerned. Understanding where to place what facility on site is the first step towards proper site management. It is of course important to relate these facilities with the main construction work.