General contractor

General contractor

A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment  and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work.

Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.

Licensing requirements

Licensing requirements to work legally on construction projects vary from locale to locale. In the United States, it is the states' responsibility to define these requirements.

Businesses may choose to hire contractors over employees for a variety of reasons. For legal reasons it can be easier to hire and to release a contractor compared to a permanent employee. Additionally, business owners may choose to hire contractors because of economic uncertainty or other factors that make hiring employees impractical. Other reasons include access to specialist skills, flexible hiring and firing, and lower costs.

A general contractor hires and organizes all necessary workers for a construction job. He or she also provides materials, obtains necessary permits, schedule inspections, complies with all building codes and sees the project through to completion.

A general contractor should be able to read blueprints and understand the basics of construction. A general understanding of business management and the ability to supervise others will be necessary to work as a general contractor.

Among the general contractor responsibilities are:

    Estimating the project, Negotiating with the owner, Hiring and negotiating contracts with subcontractors, Obtaining the necessary permits, Disbursing money to material suppliers, Creating a schedule for workers, subcontractors, and deliveries; Supervising and coordinating the work of employees and subcontractors.

Construction worker

The term construction worker describes an abstract concept and is a meta-category for all those involved in construction; those performing the actual work. The physical construction worker does not actually exist, all construction workers associate themselves with some subcategory of worker. Construction workers - as anyone in an occupation that involves possible head strikes, heatstroke, frostbite, other weather elements, or hazardous contaminants.

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