Autumn’s On It’s Way!
It might only be the end of August, but Autumn is already on it’s way. There’s only a couple of months until it’ll be cold again and there’ll be less daylight.
Fortunately, we’re not at that point yet, but there are some things to think about as we move into the colder seasons when it comes to construction.
Sure, it might not happen. It might not appear for months, and even then it might be a few flakes which don’t cause any disruption. However, earlier this year that definitely wasn’t the case – the Beast From The East caused widespread disruption in March 2018. The disruption slowed down the construction sector – see this post for a little more about that.
It’s worth remembering snow as we move into Autumn and Winter, even if there isn’t much to do about it. A lot of deep snow means completing some projects and getting workers where they need to be might be difficult.
Ice could also play it’s part and make surfaces slippery – something worth bearing in mind over the next few months. Not only that, but sub-zero temperatures for any length of time could affect work which can be completed and materials which might freeze if left out. A construction site left overnight might be different in the morning as there could be ice everywhere.
One way to alleviate the problems with ice would be to have grit which can be spread at the sign of a cold snap – this would stop the ground freezing and make the site less slippery for both workers and equipment. It doesn’t work all of the time though, so it might be worth checking when this is most effective.
Guessing someone just read that and went: “What have leaves got to do with anything?” But leaves are definitely something to bear in mind this Autumn. Not only do they end up everywhere – especially on windy days – leaves can be quite slippery when the ground is wet. So if it rains, they’re worth bearing in mind, same as the possibility of ice later in the year.
Days getting shorter.
As the nights get longer there will be less daylight in the evenings and afternoons – and eventually, in the mornings too. So it will soon be time to dust off those lights to illuminate sites when work is still being carried out after the daylight has gone. Schedules might even need adjusting to account for the smaller amounts of daylight.
Not to forget, that as well as this, it’ll get cooler to – so it’s time to work out if that will affect anything. Materials such as cement or paint won’t dry as fast as they do in the summer.
Obviously, you probably know a lot of this anyway. However, it’s been a few months since any of these things were a problem, so it might still be worthwhile us posting this reminder if it helps. There are more things in winter which can disrupt construction projects – although it might rain in the summer, an outdoor environment is still workable. In Winter when there’s a blanket of snow, this might not be the case.
Autumn is coming – and at the moment there’s no way of knowing if it will be cold one or not. We don’t know about Winter either – there’s no way to tell yet if there will be a blanket of snow a foot thick, or nothing at all. The only thing we are sure of is that it’s coming.
It’s worthwhile preparing for the change in season as we move into the next few months – Autumn and Winter are both a lot different to Summer, and need to be thought of in this way. Preparing for what might happen might be a waste of time if nothing occurs – but if the weather hits and you’re not ready, that might be worse.
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