Winter is a notoriously tough time for those of us in the construction industry, especially in the Midwest, where things tend to slow to almost a stop once snow hits the ground. If you’re lucky enough to be able to keep busy with jobs during these cold, blustery months, there are a few unique challenges you’re likely preparing to deal with once again.
Staying safe on the job site is always something that should be in the forefront of your mind, but even more so in the winter where conditions can be more dangerous. Here’s a few tips to keep you and your crew safe, healthy, and on the right side of those ever-present regulations this winter season:
- Dangerous Temperatures – When temperatures drop below freezing, you need to be especially mindful of real dangers like hypothermia and trench foot (a medical condition caused by prolonged exposure of the feet to damp, unsanitary, and cold conditions). Make sure everyone takes breaks indoors to warm up, and offer warm drinks. If temperatures are too cold to work safely, call it a day. Better to fall slightly behind than risk someone’s health.
- Icy Conditions – Like the risks described above, icy conditions can make it hard for the crew and the vehicles to maneuver safely through the worksite. Use caution and proper footwear to minimize risk.
- Construction Quality – Certain types of mortar and concrete cannot freeze during the drying time. Paint and drywall mud take more time to set when it’s very cold. There are advancements being made, but having access to this technology is not always a given. Try to plan for the weather, which may mean planning for delays.
It can be frustrating working around conditions you cannot control, but such is life in the Midwest. If you need assistance or equipment on your next job, give Luby Shoring Services a call. Support is our business.