The arrival of Storm Ciara and the terrible weather it brought to the UK should serve as a reminder that we are more likely to see extreme weather conditions in the future. For several years, we have been warned that changes to the climate will see an increase in the number of storms we experience here in the UK, so we must take precautions now to allow us to keep working when we can. Contractors are always playing a game of keeping a steady workload, and the weather will dictate your ability to work safely.
Safety is Paramount
The purpose of this article isn’t to convince you that you should work through any type of weather. In fact, our intention is the opposite; it’s important that you manage the expectations of your clients in line with the conditions you expect to see throughout the year. For roofers and other tradesmen who largely work outdoors, summer is the best time to get big jobs done. The winter months can be lean, but that’s not to say that you have to stop working altogether for half the year.
Implementing a site safety protocol for every job will help you to keep yourself and your team safe while working outside. You should also know when to call off work due to extreme conditions. Whether it is high-wind, cold temperatures, or heavy rainfall, all these things come with a risk to safety when working outdoors.
Equipped for Every Job
You can adapt to working in different weather conditions with the right safety equipment. The comfort and safety of you and your team is the top priority, and jobs can’t be carried out to any standard if safety is not the number one consideration. Thankfully there are a lot of services and equipment providers out there to help you make informed purchases to the benefit of your team.
Information from the WHO states that cold temperatures increase the risks attributed to heart and lung diseases, meaning that getting specialist equipment is vital. This can include but is certainly not limited to high-vis workwear, warm hats and gloves, and waterproof jackets, trousers, and boots.
Working Throughout the Year
The nature of the jobs that your business will be able to take on in the winter months will change, compared with the rest of the year. Your customers will know that certain types of work don’t lend themselves well to winter conditions. Bigger jobs and project-based work will be left for summer, and smaller repair-based jobs might be closer to the norm between October and March.
This might change your work schedule, but having the preparations in place and the right equipment will allow you to adapt to any type of job that might come through. The pressure that comes with keeping a steady flow of contracts coming your way all throughout the year. By taking note of safety procedures, buying the right equipment, and knowing when to turn down work, you can keep your business growing despite the increase in extreme weather conditions.