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Risk management in construction projects

"Safety begins with foresight: managing risks in construction in a targeted manner"

Risk management is crucial in construction, as construction projects are often associated with a wide range of uncertainties and potential risks. Neglecting to manage risk can have serious consequences, such as cost overruns, time delays, quality defects and even litigation. It is therefore essential that all those involved in construction develop a comprehensive understanding of the importance and benefits of risk management. Structured risk management not only helps to identify and assess potential risks at an early stage, but also enables appropriate measures to be taken to minimize or manage these risks. Through effective risk management, companies can strengthen their competitiveness, increase customer satisfaction and ensure long-term success.

Risk management as a systematic process

A proactive approach to risks underlines the importance of viewing risk management not as a purely reactive process, but as a proactive measure to anticipate and minimize potential negative impacts on the project before they occur.


By identifying, assessing and managing risks early , building owners and project teams can better respond to unforeseen events and ensure that project objectives are successfully achieved. This proactive approach plays a key role in ensuring the success of a construction project and helps to transform potential risks into opportunities.


Risk management is not an ad-hoc or one-off endeavour, but a continuous and structured process carried out throughout the life cycle of a construction project. This process involves a series of steps that are carried out methodically and consistently to ensure effective risk management.

The first step in risk management is to identify potential risks that could affect the project.

This involves systematically recording all possible events or circumstances that could negatively impact the project objectives, be it financial, time-related, qualitative or otherwise.

10 common
Project risks in construction projects

Construction projects are complex and involve many uncertainties and risks such as:

Construction projects are complex and involve many uncertainties and risks such as:

  • Cost overruns

  • Time delays

  • Quality problems

  • Security risks

  • Legal and regulatory risks

  • Environmental and weather risks

  • Stakeholder risks

  • Technological risks

  • Financing risks

  • Logistical risks

  • Communication risks

  • Personnel risks


Risk register

A risk register is an important tool for systematically managing risks in construction projects. It enables the identification, assessment and monitoring of risks.

We would be happy to support you with the implementation.

A well-maintained risk register helps to proactively manage risks and increase the probability of project success.

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