Keeping your construction crew safe from the elements can be challenging in Michigan with the ever-changing weather patterns that blow through. While it’s important to know what the weather predictions are for the upcoming days and week, it’s just as important to know how your crew is going to battle the elements to stay on track to complete your jobs.
It’s a given that working in inclement weather can risk more than taking a hit to your job projections for completion. When high heat, wind, severe storms or excessive rainfall are in the forecast, keeping your jobsite crew safe should be the biggest priority. No job is worth the risk of injuring an employee, or worse, losing their life.
Here are some helpful tips to stay weather aware and keep your crew running at their best throughout the remainder of your busiest season!
Summers in Michigan come with scorching days and humidity that intensifies any physical labor. Make sure you give your crew plenty of opportunities to stay hydrated when the dog days of Summer are in full swing. Supplying extra water and electrolyte - rich beverages to ensure everyone has access to stay hydrated is one small way you show you care about their health and well-being.
Along with providing proper hydration, designating breaks to rest for 5-10 minutes in the shade or air conditioning can really impact the overall exhaustion an employee experiences. Giving your employees the opportunity to have an extra few minutes to cool off and regroup can help boost their overall performance on the job when it is sweltering out.
Lastly, permitting that you’re able to, having Summer hours set up to work earlier in the morning to be done earlier in the day can make a positive impact on how your crew functions. Afterall, having your employees working at peak performance, sharing positive morale, and feeling cared for will result in greater quality of work and happier customers with the work you complete for them.