Planning a winter construction? Make sure you are adequately prepared.
The changing season brings its own challenges and opportunities. Contractor availability, low traffic, and lower prices are some of the benefits of starting construction projects in winter. On the other hand, factors like material delays, a frozen paving area, and low machine efficiency can disrupt your project.
In our previous blog, we talked about using cement for paving during the winter months. Today, we will list some tips to make the most of winter construction.
Plan For Delays
To start, working in unpredictable weather means you should prepare for stoppages. High winds, bad visibility, and snowstorms are just some possible scenarios that can halt your progress. Be sure to work with a team that will make up for lost days as soon as the weather allows.
Prepare The Ground
Secondly, you should also plan to take care of the ground work before it freezes because you can’t pour cement over frozen ground. Likewise, you should also prepare to handle the muddy conditions once the ground starts to thaw. It’s common for construction machinery to become muddied once the ground defrosts.
Following from the previous point, it’s also necessary to protect construction equipment in snowy conditions. For instance, if sections of the job site need to be plowed, have them clearly marked so that equipment is not left behind. Also, make preparations to dump snow away from the site; otherwise, it will melt into the surface and create a mess.
Ditches can also make things difficult when it snows. Therefore, ensure that all ditches are covered before snowfall to avoid the equipment being damaged or getting stuck.
Install Warming Stations
Construction workers double up on gear and keep hot beverages at hand to stay warm. However, it’s common for a worker to show up ill-equipped for a full winter shift. Depending on the scope of your project, you should have some heating mechanisms in place, such as small warming stations, where workers can catch a break from the chilly weather.
Know When To Quit
Finally, even the best precautions cannot prevent seasonal hazards. If the weather gets really bad, it is always safe to halt construction and wait another day.
Even if you are working indoors, considering these safety tips to avoid accidents on the job site. For best results, work with construction companies that provide winter training to workers.
For instance, OSHA guidelines require workers to learn how to operate equipment in icy conditions. Your contractor should also guide you on the proper materials and methods to use for winter construction success. For instance, some types of concrete are suitable for cold weather, but woodwork is out of the question.