The choice of equipment is fundamental to meet the most important needs on a construction site and guaranteeing the respect of deadlines. Discover in this article the material, the machines, and the equipment essential to any type of construction site.

Safety and regulatory tools


Before starting your construction site, post the extract of your building permit on a board. To do so, mention:

    • Your name
    • The date of issue of your permit with its number
    • The nature of the project and the name of the architect
    • The surface of your land
    • The address of the town hall to consult your file, if necessary
    • The rights of recourse of third parties.

For the safety of your property and your employees, precisely delimit each zone of your construction site. In other words, provide for zone signage. To do this, install barriers, fences, or palisades. This will allow you to avoid any type of danger and reduce the risks of usurpation.

Construction equipment and machinery

Having the right construction equipment will reduce the cost of building your home. There is a multitude of construction equipment. The following list is not exhaustive. Therefore, we will only mention the most essential ones, such as:

    • The bulldozer to level your land during the earthwork
    • The backhoe or excavator to dig holes and foundations
    • The dump truck to transport materials
    • The scraper to level the ground. It is equipped with a bucket and an ejector drawer. For bulk materials such as rubble, gravel, or sand, the use of a skip is essential.
    • The vacuum truck and the industrial vacuum cleaner clean the site after work.

Other construction equipment: compactors, rammers, rollers, vibrating plates, drills, saws, winches, aerial work platforms, forklifts, tower cranes and their arms, etc.

If you don’t have the budget to buy these construction machines and equipment, rent them. To do this, contact a company that specializes in the rental of dumpsters and construction equipment.

Protective equipment


Each worker must have personal protective equipment or PPE to limit the risk of accidents during work. The essential PPE are: protective glasses and masks, helmets, gloves, and work clothes, as well as hearing protection.

The choice of this equipment generally depends on the working conditions, the risks involved, the standards in force, the tasks to be carried out, and the size of the site. It is also necessary to consult an occupational physician to make the right choice.

For work at height, collective protection equipment must be installed. To do this, you must have a fire extinguisher, non-slip mats, an anti-fall net, a guardrail, etc. This will limit incidents caused by a fire, a slip on the ground, or a fall from a height.

Good to know: For a large and long construction site, installing a bungalow or a construction site hut is strongly recommended. These structures can be placed on the client’s private property or in the public domain. In the first case, no authorization is required. However, for the second case, a parking permit is required. This permit must be obtained from the town hall. In general, a building site hut can be divided into 3 categories:

    • The essential sanitary for a building site without water or toilets 
    • The checkroom to store and protect the workers’ personal belongings. The latter can also change inside
    • The office can be used as a meeting space. It is also useful for break times.

For the work to be carried out in good conditions, it is essential that an electrical network serves the site. If this is not the case, a generator must be installed to start up the machines and electrical tools. This can also be used to connect the site lighting.

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