Don't Let Bad Weather Stop You: Construction in Adverse Conditions

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The New England states are well known for their extreme winters, while climate change is leading to some record-breaking summers. How do you keep your crew working during these extremes? By pre-planning your work and using creative problem solving, you can get a lot done in even the most demanding of conditions. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a job in poor weather or environmental conditions.

Focus on developing safety measures that are specific to the project.

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If you're in a rapidly-shifting environment, it may make sense to hold a daily safety meeting and hazard analysis before the day's work begins.

Minimize how much work is done on-site in poor conditions when possible.

If you know that you'll need a certain number of electrical conduit assemblies with 10/3 wire at a particular length, cut and put together with wire as much of the assembly as possible, leaving one end unadhered and able to be cut to a shorter length if necessary. This allows you to make last-minute adjustments while minimizing exposure time.

Include down time, waste material and additional set-up and tear-down time in your quote to ensure you've covered all your bases.

When the environment is tough to work in, you'll end up spending more time getting your crew moving and demobilized as well as having more job site waste.

How will you get there from here?

If there's difficult access to the work site, you'll need to account for that. Can your equipment and material fit on a boat if the site is on an island or inaccessible by land? Will you need to cross delicate environments that will require the use of construction mats for equipment or around the construction site? Be sure to include that in your job costing.

What health problems can you expect for your employees in that environment?

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Cold, wet conditions lend themselves to hypothermia and frostbite. Enclosed areas will require proper ventilation to prevent suffocation. Hot weather requires a close watch for heat-related illness, sunburn and dehydration. Make sure your crew takes regular breaks when working in extreme environments.

Will housing on site make the project go more quickly?

If you need to spend a couple hours every day just getting to the site and the same amount leaving it, it may make sense to see about setting up a bunk room on site to stay in while the project is underway. Keep in mind that this will also require setting up sanitary services, food preparation areas as well as dining and down-time areas to unwind.

Take advantage of local talent.

If you're working on a resort or recreation area where the employees are familiar with the weather and road conditions and are already trained to deal with them, see if you can employ them to help with hauling in and out as well as monitoring upcoming weather conditions that could stall the project.

By keeping these conditions and circumstances in mind when planning your extreme project, you can ensure that your crew will be able to work safely with minimal exposure to extreme conditions. If you need help finding the right materials that will stand up to your tough job, the experienced associates at Wallboard Supply Company are here to help. Please feel free to contact us today for more details.

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