Construction Today - September/October 2017 - 36
Commercial | FABCON PRECAST
'We are focused on the safety aspect and
will not put people at risk.'
process to increase efficiencies and improve
its rate. "We are not asking our field guys to
run around, but looked further back in the
process to make sure they got things they
needed on time, every time and in better
condition than they were used to seeing,"
Corporate Field Manager Rick Kellar is
responsible for scheduling crews on each
project. To increase the panel-setting rate,
he works with the foreman, superintendents and project managers during the
preplanning process to review the job
upstream prior to delivery. "We put a good
plan in place to execute and communicate
it to our customers so they can help us as
well," Kellar explains. "The only impact to
our customers is obviously better sched-
uling as far as them having the ability to
have flexibility with the trades because will
be in and out in a short amount of time. By
increasing our setting rate, we can take two
or three days off the schedule."
Fabcon's safety teams are present during
the preplanning process to solidify onsite
safety plans. "It's about building a culture
of trust, building up everyone and them
knowing they have the power to make decisions onsite," Durant says. "Building safety
and quality into the preplanning process
will replicate into the field."
The biggest challenge, Kellar says, was
communicating to the field employees how
the company will go about increasing its
panel setting rates. "It's not about working
harder, but working smarter," he says. "We
are looking at it from a lean standpoint,
but people think we have to work harder.
Instead, in the preplanning process, we
eliminate the down-time between each
load and crane move, for example."
To communicate the new continuous improvement mentality, Fabcon holds quarterly foreman meetings. The outlet allows
for increased communication and a place
for the foremen to express their concerns.
"We want their engagement because they
are the end-user of that preplanning," Kellar
explains. "That education and having them
have a say in the plan would also hopefully
get buy-in to understand the actual goal."
This year, Fabcon has focused on building
a continuous improvement culture in
the field. "They don't realize in the field
Communication with its staff
is helping Fabcon achieve its
continuous improvement goals.
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