The thought of building in wind, rain and cold temperatures might be unappealing, but if that were to deter us, we wouldn’t get much work done here in the UK. If you’re undertaking any construction job that will take more than a few months, or if you want to start a project without having to wait for summer to arrive, you need to learn how to cope with whatever the elements throw at you. Check out our guide below for tips on building in less-than-favourable conditions:
Keeping workers comfortable
Cold hands and unhappy workers equate to low productivity and poor morale, so it’s crucial that all those on the job are kept as comfortable as possible. Clothing is the first place to start: as well as being protective and practical, it needs to keep wearers warm and dry. Sturdy lined boots, waterproof padded shirts and strong thermal gloves are musts – buy them online from retailers like Dickies Store.
You can also combat a cold environment with space heaters – SIP stocks a great range of electric space heaters that are ideal for open-air working spaces. Also, if possible, hang tarpaulin to protect everyone from rain and provide a covered break/lunch area with hot-drink facilities. This will enable workers to enjoy relief from poor weather and reboot their systems.
Finally, you should make sure there is proper lighting to combat dank weather and shorter days. This will enable builders to put in more hours without compromising safety.
Protecting tools and equipment
Icy temperatures, wind and rain can cause significant damage to tools and equipment, something that can endanger and inconvenience your workers – and come at a great expense. It is crucial that scaffolding is properly secured, as strong wind can loosen bolts; metal tools like shovels should be wrapped in rags and sealed in a waterproof bag to prevent rusting; and power tools should be kept safely stored out or harm’s way during rain or snow.
Have a Plan B
There are certain jobs that, no matter what preparations you make, cannot be done in poor conditions. For example, painting or putting in foundations in the rain are no-nos. For this reason, you should factor in alternative tasks to be completed in the event of bad weather. Alternate options will ensure that workers stay productive and get the project closer to completion no matter what the weather.
If you have any builds in mind, please do not hesitate to contact Wintek Construction on 07773 715 196 or email us: [email protected]