Yep, it’s April, and that can only mean one thing: rain. Although spring is the gateway to summer, this country has to go through more rain before it gets the sunshine. They call it April showers for a reason. Although it’s annoying for most people, it’s a big deal if you work in construction. Surely big burly men can handle a little water, right? Well, a little water can cause a whole lot of chaos, especially with heavy machinery. The fact is that managing a construction site during the current rainy season isn’t a nice job. The good news is that it isn’t impossible either. These are the tips that will help you get through a wet April.
Don’t Blame The Weatherman
How many people watch the news at night and stay tuned for the weather? Not too many people, but you should be the exception to the rule. It’s imperative that you have a grasp on the weather if you don’t want any problems. The only way to do that is to ask the professionals the week before. Okay, so they don’t have it down to a science, but the weather is hard to predict. What they do have is the information which gives them a good guess, and you should listen. More often than not, it will rain if they say it will rain. The last thing you need is to wake up to a monsoon in the morning, totally unprepared.
Plan For Bad Weather
Site managers are always racing against the clock. As a result, they try and cut corners wherever possible. Preparing for bad weather is a corner that you might want to cut, but it isn’t advisable. The truth is that April will see some rain – it could be a lot, or it could be a little. Regardless, it’s unlikely for the start of spring to go without a drop of water now that the seasons are getting longer. With that in mind, it’s vital that you save one or two days in your plan. Not only it is a wise move, but it’s also a good way to relieve stress. When the rain does come, no one will have to panic because it’s part of the script. You’re like Mystic Meg!
No one is saying that you don’t work hard enough already. The thing is that plodding along at a nice, steady pace is okay in certain circumstances. It isn’t okay when the forecast predicts a week of rain. A projection like this can set a project back weeks, which is why you need to get ahead. Once you’re one step in front, the team can sit back and enjoy a cup of tea until the rain stops. By working harder, there is more chance of increasing productivity levels on site. In simple terms, this means that the workforce will do more so there is less to do in the future. Of course, employees won’t take too kindly to this new rule. A sweetener, however, will make them see the light. Over time and a pay bump is all most people need to get on board with the idea.
Not every shower is enough to halt a construction site. It is possible to continue work while adhering to health and safety regulations. To do it, you need to add protective features to the work site. For example, scaffolding needs a sheet which covers it from the wind and rain. And, machinery can benefit from a rubber lining by Weir Minerals to make it waterproof. Obviously, don’t use tools which connect to the mains, but battery powered equipment is fine. Employees also need to wear the correct gear. A layer of waterproof clothing is a must, as are sturdy boots and a hard hat. The hat might not protect from the rain, but it will help if something falls from a height. In the rain, that’s more likely than ever.
Understand The Contract
Bad weather isn’t always a bad thing if you strike the right deal. The contract is the pact between the firm and client, but it isn’t always black and white. Some suppliers like to add contingency plans just in case. In fact, the law might be on your side. Bad weather ‘neutralises’ the agreement in a lot of circumstances, which means you will get an extension. When you understand the contract, there is no need to worry or to take risks. If you need help, ask the legal team for advice.
April tends to be a bad month for construction workers, but not any longer.