As the temperatures have been plunging, the days growing shorter and the nights growing longer, winter is well and truly here. But that doesn’t stop the work that will need to be done on a construction site. Instead, now is the best time to start preparing for the coming season, and making the best of the cooler days.
While it doesn’t snow in the Lowveld, the days still present their own problems. This winter in particular appears as if it is going to be a wet one, and that means that depending on where you are working in the area, you might be experiencing a couple of muddy days as well as the occasional bit of frost.
When the weather conditions deteriorate during winter, so can your team’s productivity, as they are left to face new challenges that can hamper their performance as well as the performance of their construction equipment.
To help you navigate this new colder season, and to ensure that your construction site is ready, in this blog you will find some helpful tips.
- Protect your team from the elements
Staying warm on site and covering up the equipment from heavy rain or frost is going to be one way to improve productivity, while keeping both your team and your machinery in the best condition, so that they can continue to perform no matter what the weather is like.
- Clear away the ice
In places where there is a lot of frost, you will have to get into the habit of clearing away the ice each morning to ensure that there are no slippery mistakes during the day. Ice can lead to slipping and someone getting hurt, and depending on the surface you are working on, ice can even lead to machinery slipping.
- Have the right gear
Protective, warm clothing for those on the construction site is so important. There is not much worse than trying to be productive with freezing cold hands and feet. For this reason, it is important that you equip your staff with a set of protective clothing that will keep them warm and somewhat safe from the elements.
- Check your roads
Every construction site is going to have a number of roads that will lead into and out of the construction area. In the winter, especially if there is rain and frost, these roads can start to deteriorate and as such become an impassable hazard. When you are preparing and maintaining a winter construction site, it is important that you keep an eye on your roads and make sure that they are in a safe condition.
- Check your water pipes
Again, if you are working in a place where freezing is quite common, you should want to make a habit of checking your water pipes on a daily basis to make sure that water can pass through easily.
Finally, it always helps to keep an eye on the weather predictions, regardless of the season. This will help you be better prepared, no matter what the weather throws at you.
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