Winter can be a treacherous time for construction sites. With icy conditions and shorter days, it can be difficult to keep things running smoothly. However, with a few preparations, you can keep your site safe and running throughout the winter months. In this blog post, SRP Hire Solutions will discuss 10 tips for keeping your construction site up and running during the winter!
1. Hire a Site Cabin
It is important to have an onsite cabin for site management and facilities for workers during the winter months. This will provide shelter from the cold and space to store equipment and materials, as well as a place for workers to take breaks in-between tasks.
2. Provide Heat Sources
In addition to a shelter, it is important to provide safe heat sources for workers to warm up during breaks. Portable electric space heaters are a great option that can be easily plugged in and moved around the site as needed.
3. Ensure proper Ice and Snow Removal:
Icy conditions can cause slips and fall on the construction site, so it is important to keep the area clear of any ice or snow. Investing in a snow blower or hiring a professional service to remove snow and salt icy areas is highly recommended.
4. Wear Proper Attire:
It is essential that all workers wear appropriate clothing for the winter weather conditions while onsite. This includes insulated boots, warm layers, and gloves. If needed, site managers should be providing appropriate protective clothing that is warm and insulated for the cold weather.
5. Provide Hand Warmers:
During frosty days, provide employees with disposable hand warmers to help them stay comfortable while working outdoors.
6. Invest in Heated Tools:
Many construction tools and materials can become brittle in cold weather, so investing in heated tools is a great way to ensure they remain functional.
7. Use caution with Power Tools:
It is especially important in cold weather to be extra careful while using power tools, as they can easily overheat and malfunction. Be sure to inspect all power tools before turning them on and unplug them when not in use.
8. Check Cords for Ice Buildup:
If you are using electrical cords, be sure to check them for ice buildup that can occur due to snow or rain.
9. Invest in Snow Chains:
If you have any equipment that needs to traverse over icy roads, invest in snow chains or other similar products. This will help protect them while running in the snow and icy conditions.
10. Schedule Projects Appropriately
Make sure you are scheduling construction projects with enough time for delays due to inclement weather. This will help reduce the risk of missing deadlines and make sure projects are completed safely and efficiently.
By following these 10 tips, you can ensure your construction site remains safe and productive this winter! When in doubt, it is always best to speak with a professional who can provide advice on how to best prepare your construction site for the cold weather.