It's the time of year for weather changes! For those who work outdoors it’s also time to make changes to ensure your construction site safety and productivity. You must ensure that you projects can continue running smoothly, even as the cold weather begins.
Preparing your construction sites for fall is essential;
here are some tips to help do just that.
Leaves changing are the first sign that fall is here.
The second, is when those leaves fall to the ground. Durring the summer months trees can provide shade for those working in the sun, but in the fall that shade disappears. Believe it or not, workers still need proper shade protection even in these cooler months.
Have a replacement for shade onsite. Securing a temporary fabric structure will allow you to act as a shelter against the sun and all other weather conditions.
Clean up fallen leaves & and other debris. Leaves can interfere with mechanical equipment or even the job site itself. Once wet, they can become a very slippery hazard for workers on their feet.
The weather can change quickly.
In some areas It is not uncommon for a high to be 90° F one day and drop to 40° the next. Your workers need to be prepared to face any and all weather-related changes to maintain efficient and safe production. When the temperature drops, maintain a healthy crew by fallowing these important points.
Provide a shelter from inclement weather.
Always have the right clothing. Be prepared for those cold days with having warm jackets and gloves on hand.
Stay educated on the risks and effects of working in the colder and damp weather conditions.
Fall brings shorter daylight hours.
Daylight savings can cause a great need for adjustment in the hours and manner your workers handle their projects. Consider changing your working hours to get the most out of the daylight avalible.
Look ahead toward winter safety.
Seasons change fast. Just as Summer seems to end quickly, winter will be here before you know it! Be a step ahead and prepare your work site now.
Preform maintenance on your machinery & equipment.
Issue winter emergency kits, which include items such as a blankets, flashlights, snow/deicing tools, nutritious snacks and bottle waters
Setup a weather protection shelter for your worksite.
Train on winter safety. Make sure your workers have proper winter weather gear
Educate on the signs of overexposure and ways to protect winter weather conditions