What to Include in Your Daily Construction Logs

One of the most valuable benefits of construction software is the ability for site managers to keep a detailed log of everything that occurs at the site that they are overseeing. It’s easy to do, and the benefits include a great sense of organization, documentation that promotes better results, and much more.

But the ability to keep a daily construction log is worthless if you are unsure as to what you should be recording in it. That’s why we have put together a quick list of the best things that construction managers can include in their daily logs.

Labor Hours

You can keep track of all hours logged by workers on a specific site, helping you to create more accurate budgets as well as assess the current expenditures on any ongoing projects.

Materials and Equipment

Any materials or heavy equipment that is used throughout the day should be recorded into the log. This will give you the ability to closely track where your equipment and other resources are being used and how often. This allows you to better plan for upcoming projects.

Work-site Injuries

Easily track any injuries or events that happen on the worksite, making it easy for you to file claims with insurance carriers as well as document trends that can prevent future injuries from occurring.

Weather Conditions

Using construction software, you can enter, log and store daily weather conditions at each of your sites. This information can be used to share with clients to show why work on a site is being delayed due to inclement weather.

Subcontractor Information

Any time a subcontractor is on the job site, their hours, costs and any other significant information should be recorded. This will allow you to keep track of the progress they make on their work as well as what the costs involved are.

The Benefits of Daily Logs

Recording all of this information and more on a daily log will allow you to:

  • Increase efficiency

  • Decrease operating costs

  • Optimize workflows

  • Improve accuracy of collected data

  • Track work progress

  • Have an archived record of job site progress and other information

When you keep a daily log using construction software like Sage, you will also be able to sync collected data across all of your devices and locations, go green by saving on paper and update/track multiple logs on a single platform. It makes daily logs more easy to keep, more efficient and more accurate.

To find out how Sage software can improve your daily logs and your entire organization, contact TechWare today.

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