Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

failing to plan is planning to fail construction safety

Contributor:  Mike Kelly, Project Manager of F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
Writer:  Sarah Block, Marketing Director of The Moran Group

Pre-task planning is essential for the timely and safe completion of a task within a construction project. A pre-task work plan covers six essential aspects of the task to be performed: determining potential problems, scheduling, costs, quality requirements and assurances, prerequisite tasks, and determining the progress of the task. Follow the directions below to arrange your next pre-task planning meeting.



1.  Compile a work plan that addresses the six angles of task planning.

2.  Review the work plan with the crew.

3.  Discuss the work that needs to be done to complete the task.

4.  Assign jobs to the crew that will aid in completing the task.

5.  Begin the discussion on safety hazards.

6.  dentify potential hazards.

7.  Determine if modifying the work plan will avoid the hazard by rearranging the sequence of events or using different tools.

8.  For hazards that cannot be eliminated by modifying the work plan, introduce safeguards against the hazard.


Put safety and timely completion of a project first by implementing these eight simple steps into your next pre-task planning meeting.

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