When you work in the construction industry, you've got to be concerned for the upcoming winter months. That cold weather can wreak havoc on work schedules and crew safety. While there's nothing you can do to prevent the cold weather, there are things you can do to protect your worksite and your employees. Here are three steps you can take to stop winter from turning your worksite into a cold weather nightmare.
Improve Workplace Safety
If your construction business is located in a region that experiences freezing temperatures, ice, or snow, it's time to start thinking about workplace safety. The last thing you want is to have your construction crew injured due to slip and fall accidents.
Ice and Snow Removal
Now that winter is on its way, it's time to think about ice and snow removal. Just a thin layer of ice on the surface can increase the risk of serious injuries. During the winter, you need to ensure that you have adequate ice and snow removal practices in place. One way to do that is to assign one crew member to that responsibility.
It's not easy to stay on task when your body is too cold to move. You can protect your crew from the freezing temperatures, and reduce the risk of exposure-related complications by installing at least one propane heater on your worksites.
Ensure Proper Concrete Curing
When you're in the middle of a winter construction project, you've got to make sure that your concrete will cure properly. Unfortunately, cold weather can make proper concrete curing nearly impossible. Concrete curing blankets will take the worry out of the curing process. Concrete curing blankets cover the surface of the concrete slab and help stabilize the curing process during cold weather.
Protect Construction Supplies
Construction supply deliveries don't stop just because winter arrives. However, the cold weather can make those deliveries a bit more difficult. Once winter arrives, your snow removal process will need to include all areas where your delivery trucks will be traveling. Not only that but you'll also need to provide a secure storage location for the materials that can be damaged by exposure to ice and snow.
Don't let ice, snow, and freezing temperatures wreak havoc on your construction site this winter. The tips provided here will help you protect your crew, your concrete and your supplies from the dangers of cold winter weather. For more information, contact your local construction material supplier.