The construction industry is by no means a seasonal one – construction work takes place all year round, including in winter, especially as some types of work (such as repairs or maintenance) are caused by the weather conditions associated with the season. Winter weather poses many challenges to the construction industry, including creating hazardous working conditions, fewer daylight hours, demoralising the workforce, and an increased risk of workers picking up winter illnesses. All of these issues can hinder or halt the progress of the works being done, however there are measures that can be taken to ensure the smooth running of the project.
On construction sites, management and workers need to consider keeping the site clear of frost, snow and ice, so ensuring that there is sufficient stock of salt and grit is a must, as well as making sure it is distributed correctly. This will help prevent staff from slipping whilst working, as well as aiding the safe movement of construction vehicles, plant and machinery.
Poor visibility, associated with certain weather conditions and shorter days, can also negatively impact safe working. It is definitely worth thinking about how well lit the site is, and the condition of the Hi-Viz and PPE that are supplied to staff. Construction companies must ensure their staff are well looked after to motivate them during the not so pleasant winter months, and they can do this by providing warmer, more weatherproof workwear and PPE. Providing facilities to dry damp clothing or footwear can also help keep staff comfortable during the winter.
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