I would much rather pay my labourer $13/hour to clean up than pay an electrician or plumber $70/hour
Keeping a clean job site is SO important. But Jon Tucker of Tucker Construction is clear about whose job that is, on his projects - his $13/hour guys, not his skilled trades.
By Steve Payne
Jon Tucker of Tucker Construction replies to John Bleasby‘s article about “Keeping a clean site.”
“General contractors exist for many reasons. One of them is maintaining a clean site. Is it frustrating that subcontractors do not clean up after themselves? Yes. Does it seem childish that they do not bother to sweep or pick up? Yes. But that is one of the services you pay for when purchasing a general contractor’s services. ‘Subs’ need attention. They perform one function, that is their given trade. I would much rather pay the labourer I have on-site anyway $13/hr to clean up than pay an electrician or plumber $70/hr.
“It is dollars and sense. As a GC I know that I have to clean up after my ‘subs’ but they know that, too, and they know that I expect their price to reflect the time savings and that if there is a problem with anything; they fix it no questions asked at no extra cost because we look after one another. Quality construction depends on qualified trades and solid relationships. To the guy who says, “Well, look at that that! Another John-Job!” I would tell him that you don’t mind cleaning up after him but you will not tolerate disrespect. If he doesn’t change his tune, boot him off the site. Everyone is replaceable in this world, no one should forget it.
“Look after your trades and they will look after you. But disrespect is unacceptable because it tells you the integrity of the individual you are dealing with.”