Many industries have applied Lean thinking and methodologies to cut down on waste and better their resource use. Lean’s main principles can apply to the construction field, where it is very easy to go over budget and use excess resources.
This is why many construction companies are using Lean practices as they improve construction safety, efficiency, and communication.
Let’s look at how Lean works on construction job sites and the benefits of using Lean construction.
How Lean/Agile Works On Construction Job Sites
Introducing Lean construction industry principles on job sites allows for an all-around improved work environment. Agile construction risk management practices are also very useful as they help to break projects down into smaller tasks, which has several benefits.
There have been numerous risk management studies that correlate high incident rates with the design of the project. Between 1990 and 2003, 42% of injuries in the U.S. construction industry were related to decisions made during the design process.
Implementing Lean design practices can prevent safety hazards and improve construction site safety management. By reducing waste and labor-intensive operations, Lean construction is more efficient. This reduces the amount of time that workers will spend on a potentially dangerous job site - thus reducing risk and improving worker health & safety.
Lean/Agile construction also enhances the organizational processes meaning that construction companies can better monitor and manage their construction sites. As such, they can create a risk management plan in which they are able to mitigate accidents onsite and reduce any confusion or misunderstandings.
Not only does Lean improve worker safety, but it also improves safety compliance. By using Lean/Agile practices, construction companies can lay everything out clearly. This way, they can make sure that they adhere to all safety regulations.
Lean practices generally comply with construction safety criteria as they result in less time spent on site. This cuts down the risk of potential accidents or fatalities.
Because Lean/Agile also focuses on delivering value, there is a great focus on customer requirements and expectations. Therefore, Lean construction ensures that companies comply with these requirements better.