Housekeeping on the Jobsite

Worker sweeping on a construction site

Neglecting Proper Housekeeping Can Result in Various Types of Losses

Maintaining cleanliness and order on a construction site might seem like a never-ending battle, but it is crucial to keeping workers safe and the project on time and on budget. When good housekeeping practices are prioritized, the benefits are evident. Workers save time, accidents are minimized, and the overall work environment is more efficient.

Neglecting proper housekeeping can result in various types of losses. 

  • Higher chances of injuries
  • Damage to materials, structures, and equipment
  • Loss of precious work time
  • Increased risk of fires

The best housekeeping programs maintain order throughout the day by making it a routine task that everyone follows. Here are a few basic guidelines:

  • If you're not using an item, store it in its proper place. Stack and store materials safely.
  • Clean as you go to reduce clutter and save on end of day cleaning.
  • Make sure that normal access routes and walkways are kept free and clear.
  • Be aware of common trip hazards such as electrical cords, boxes, rugs, and mats.
  • Designate an area for different types of trash and waste. Place oil-soaked and paint-saturated rags, clothing, and waste in designated receptacles that will be properly disposed of on a daily basis.
  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order. 
  • Secure loose scrap or light material that could be blown by high winds. 
  • Make sure nails do not protrude from lumber.

Establishing a culture of good housekeeping and construction site cleanliness can help create a safer, more productive, and efficient work environment. The effort invested in maintaining order on the construction site ultimately pays off in terms of safety and efficiency.


The information presented in this document is for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to assist individuals, farmers, and business owners in identifying common hazards/risks and considering proactive loss prevention or loss mitigation actions. For information related to specific loss hazards, please contact your insurance agent.

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