If you’re a manager, your summer safety on the construction site should focus on your workers. To help your workers stay safe and healthy on the construction job site during the hot summer days, provide the following resources and services:
Tips to Keep Construction Workers Safe During the Summer
Some workers may not be aware of the importance of heat-related summertime safety on the construction site. Give them educational resources and hold team meetings to ensure that all parties are equipped with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe in the heat.
Provide weather-appropriate PPE to workers
Scorching temperatures require breathable, ventilated attire. From masks to vests to hardhats, choose gear for your team that helps to keep them cool rather than heats them up in the summertime.
Provide shaded areas
Rest isn’t resting when it’s in the baking sun. If there’s no natural shade on the job site, put up tents to provide respite from the sun’s rays.
Give regular breaks
You may need to provide more break opportunities in the heat than in the winter months. Build a schedule that cycles your workers in and out of a job more rapidly than you usually would. This way, no one works so long that they’re likely to develop heat exhaustion or worse.
Bottled water or water jugs and cups will go a long way to support the health of your team. Supply more than you think you’ll need so you never run out. Check-in with your workers about their hydration and encourage them to continue drinking water throughout the day.
Protecting the Work Environment so the Work can Continue
Speaking of water, unless you live in an environment where high temperatures are a problem, summer is perhaps the ideal time to work on construction projects. Too many construction projects throughout the year are hampered by inclement weather, and construction projects are usually halted for safety reasons if high-speed winds are forecast. It would be nice if the summer guaranteed perfect weather, but that is never the case. Blue skies one minute can often be replaced by rain clouds in an instant, bringing heavy bouts of rain that may cause the threat of flooding and other natural perils. Thankfully, with portable cofferdams, there is a simple way of protecting your summer construction projects.
No matter how accurate a weather forecast may be, intense levels of rain can cause levels of flooding that are hard to predict. When it comes to protecting your summer construction projects from flash flooding, you will need a solution that is quick to deploy and offers 100% protection. These are two reasons why portable, water-inflated cofferdams from Dam-It Dams are ideal for flood protection.
Jobsite Flooding Protections
It may seem strange to think about using water to protect something from water, but water-inflated cofferdams are incredibly sturdy. Once the flooding is predicted, you can place the cofferdam (or a series of cofferdams as water-inflated cofferdams can be linked together to form a barrier of practically any length imaginable) around your project. Water is then pumped into the cofferdam to cause inflation. Once the water-filled cofferdam is fully inflated, it creates a firm barrier, ready to withstand the pressure of any flood water that may reach it. The natural beauty of using cofferdams to protect your summer construction project is that if the weather is clear, construction can continue, even if flooding has occurred. Using a water-inflated cofferdam will create a dry working environment in which your crew can continue to labor.
Keep Your Summer Construction Projects on Schedule with Help from Dam-It Dams.
With over two decades of experience providing water-inflated cofferdams for construction projects all over the US, you can be assured that our cofferdams are reliable, easy to deploy, and kind to the environment. They offer the safest form of protection against flooding that money can buy! To learn more, contact our team today at (810) 695-1695.