Inclement weather can have significant impacts, such as financial losses and schedule delays, on construction sites. However, with the right preparation, the effects of bad weather can be minimized. Here are 3 ways construction sites manage when extreme weather hits:
1. Installing a Weather Alert System
Having a weather alert system on site is essential for quickly notifying everyone when severe weather is on the way. Construction sites are usually noisy and spread out, so it is important that the alert system can send messages through numerous channels, such as phone calls, text messages, digital signage, alarms, and public-address system announcements. Everyone, no matter what they are doing, should be able to receive the alert and take appropriate action.
2. Having a Lightning Detection System
Lightning detection systems collect real time lightning data and sound an alarm when lightning is near. Even if a storm has not hit yet, the advanced notice gives workers time to move to a safer place. These systems are critical because lightning strikes can occur between 5 and 10 miles from a storm’s core. This means that you can be in danger before the main part of the storm moves through your area. Construction workers need to be especially aware of lightning since they are usually working with metal and standing on elevated surfaces.
3. Protecting the Materials and the Site
If bad weather is in the forecast, construction workers limit damage by taking steps to secure the materials and the site. They make sure everything is covered and anchored to the ground, and if there are materials that are small enough, they move them indoors. Storms are not the only risks, though. Depending on the time of year, it is also necessary for workers to appropriately prepare the materials for hot or cold temperatures.
If you would like more information about weather-related products for your construction site, call Earth Networks at (301) 417-5244 or submit the online contact form.