Don’t Let Cold Weather Halt Your Commercial Projects

We’re fortunate that at our commercial construction sites around East Tennessee, we typically don’t have to deal with some of the icy conditions that construction workers in more northern locales might face.

However, there are definitely challenges that come with taking on construction projects in the colder months. At Leon Williams Contractors, we like to stay busy through the whole year, so if you’re a commercial developer eager to get a project under way but unsure if you should put it on hold, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Any general contractor will tell you, there’s no need to halt a construction job just because it’s winter. Instead, we just have to take a few extra precautions. Here are a few of them.

  1. Winter clothing and gear: We touched on this topic in another blog, but when the temperature drops, it only makes sense that anyone working outside needs some extra protection. This can include layering thermals, regular work clothes, and coveralls, wearing fitted gloves and socks, going for insulated boots, and adding a liner under our hard hats to keep our ears and neck warm.
  2. Keeping the site safe: Tarps can offer some protection, but we have to be very careful when the temperatures drop enough for the ground to freeze. In the Knoxville and Maryville area, we’re more likely to get rain through the winter than much snow, and when the rain freezes it can be very dangerous. Snow offers some insulation to the ground, so it’s actually better for construction workers than cold rain. It’s best just not to work on icy days.
  3. Protecting materials and equipment: If it gets cold enough, we’ll probably need heat guns, heat lamps, ground heaters and blankets at the sites. These tools help thaw out frozen pipes and other materials, and keep items like water tanks from freezing over. In the event of inclement weather, it’s also a good idea to take extra steps to make sure all equipment and materials are secured before leaving the work site for the day. If high winds pick up, they could shift items or make them fall, and the same could happen if enough ice collected on an item to make it too heavy to stay where it is.
  4. Avoiding fire hazards: With all the extra heating devices around on a winter construction site, we have to be extra cautious not to let a fire break out. Using fire-resistant equipment like ladders can help, but it’s also best to avoid open flames on the work site, and to watch out for any potential electrical hazards.

It just takes a little extra forethought and preparation to keep a winter construction site safe and get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’re a commercial developer with a great project in the works this weekend, we are certainly willing to take it on! Contact Leon Williams Contractors today.

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