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What to do when the work site gets loud

Posted: January 13, 2014

Excessive noise is something that all contractors are forced to deal with. However, the manner in which they address loud processes and procedures can make or break their reputations among the public.

Ensuring that noise levels remain low and residents around any site are informed of high-decibel activities is an important port of the construction project management process.

This was recently highlighted in Bethesda, Md., where a large-scale commercial project in a residential area required early morning concrete pours due to the size and schedule demands of the work.

According to Bethesda Now, the contractor associated with the project took proactive steps by sending letters to residents notifying them of the work ahead of time. Also, he assured them that there would be no more than two morning pours each week.

Apart from consulting with residents, contractors can also look for alternative building solutions when they need to employ loud practices. For example, the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America noted that contractors can use boring instead of pile driving to reduce noise at work sites. Finding such alternatives may not always be possible, but it’s worth looking into.

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