There aren’t many other industries that have as many moving parts as construction does. As a result, there are plenty of skilled construction project managers with years if not decades of experience to oversee this.
However, sometimes, some factors are out of reach — like the weather. While you can’t control the weather, you can help the jobsite adjust to it. Here are some tips for preparing your construction site for severe weather.
Wind is everywhere; it has a mind of its own. Unfortunately, it can cause millions of dollars of damage if you don’t take the proper precautions. In windy regions, it’s important to tie down loose roofing materials. Cover any building opens with a tarp to prevent any open supplies or materials from being stirred up.
Place temporary windbreaks around the building and cover up any organic matter, such as dirt. Secure heavy items such as stacks of metal roofing or plywood.
Although they’re heavy, strong winds can blow them around in an instant, creating dangerous situations.
Water is the most significant cause of damage to construction sites, whether it comes in the form of rain or snow. Protect your materials from direct water contact when possible and develop site drainage. Flooding can cause a bunch of damage to incomplete structures.
Block unfinished building openings with tarp or sandbags to prevent water from coming in. Have these materials on-site and ready to go in case some unexpected rain comes into the area. Avoid starting projects during notorious rainy seasons.
Finally, be careful operating heavy equipment and understand construction hoist exposures, so you don’t run into trouble high up off the group.
The final tip for preparing your construction site for severe weather is to be aware of the temperature. This seems like a no-brainer, but weather can significantly reduce workers’ environmental quality. You can set up automation alerts to let you know
when it’s a specific temperature. If it’s excessively hot outside, this can lead to heatstroke, dehydration, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Provide plenty of chilled or iced water on site, along with shaded areas to escape the sun.
Cold temperatures have their detriments as well, including hypothermia and frostbite in extreme scenarios. To prevent this, set up tents with space heaters so workers can warm up during breaks. Cooler weather also affects diesel engines by making the oil move sluggishly, causing the engines to work harder. It’s essential to winterize your construction equipment to prevent long-term damage.
By being aware of these construction site weather hazards, you can take steps ahead of time to prepare enough protection for your workers and building materials.