Site Control of Materials

Site Control of Materials

Handling, Storage and Protection

1st Edition - September 3, 1981

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  • Author: John E Johnston
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483144924

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Site Control of Materials: Handling, Storage and Protection deals with improving control in construction sites to limit waste resulting from improper storage and handling of valuable or fragile materials. According to the Building Research Establishment in the United Kingdom, 10-20% of all materials delivered to the construction site either end up as waste or are illegally removed during the contract. Bigger construction contracts such as in housing developments require new kinds of materials in larger volumes and new construction techniques, leading to increases in waste. To be able to lessen wastage, site management must 1) anticipate the progress and problems of construction; 2) control men and materials with equal efficiency; 3) complete the contract within the programmed period; and 4) carry out the work according to specification. The book explains in detail the procedures for obtaining materials, materials handing (including unit loads, pallets, deliveries, offloading), storage (stockpile arrangements, protection, facilities, withdrawals), as well as implementing stock controls on sites (coordination, transfer, accounting). The text also addresses prevention of on-site damages through site supervision, out-of-hours supervision, and installing fire precautions. The book should prove valuable for construction engineers, foremen, project managers, plant administrators, warehouse keepers, and other personnel connected with materials handling, their storage or safekeeping.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 The Need for Site Controls

    Changing Patterns of Supply and Demand




    Site Management

    2 Obtaining the Materials

    Pre-Contract Arrangements

    Manufacturers and Suppliers

    Programme of the Works

    Materials Samples

    Call-Off Procedures

    3 Materials Handling

    General Objectives

    Unit Loads





    Waste in Handling

    4 Plant and Equipment for Materials Handling


    Crane Attachments



    Forklift Trucks

    5 Storage of Materials

    Compound Facilities

    Stockpile Arrangements

    Ground Preparation

    Stacking Materials


    Site Surplus

    Withdrawing Stores

    Responsibilities of Storage

    6 Stock Controls on Site

    Materials Controller

    Checking Procedures

    Checkers' Duties

    Coordinating Supplies

    Materials Schedules

    Controlled Distribution

    Transfer of Materials

    Accounting Procedures

    Interim Accounts

    7 Security of Plant and Materials

    Security Controls

    Fencing to the Compound

    Security of Site Stores

    Security Lighting

    Fire Precautions

    Vehicle Compounds

    Immobilising Plant on Site

    Personnel Controls

    Communications on Site

    Intruder Alarm Systems

    8 Prevention of Damage on Site

    Protection of Finished Work

    Site Controls

    Site Supervision

    Out-of-Hours Supervision


    Fire Precautions in Partly Completed Buildings

    Police contacts

    Appendix 1 Schedule of Materials Controls

    Appendix 2 Schedules and Return Forms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 148
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1981
  • Published: September 3, 1981
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483144924

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