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Preparing Your Construction Environment For Colder Weather

temporary heatingDelaware sits along the eastern coast of the U.S., right along the Atlantic Ocean. With freezing temperatures and heavy snowstorms a norm for the small state, it is vital that your construction company be prepared; OSHA requires that temperatures not reach below 68 degrees Fahrenheit on indoor construction sites for safety purposes, but the productivity of your workers will also suffer if they’re physically uncomfortable. Here are a few ways to ensure that the work in your site gets done efficiently and within the government mandated regulations.

  • Invest in rental heaters. Construction involves the movement of equipment and supplies, usually over the entire course of its progress. This means that doors are constantly being held open, releasing whatever warmth that had been building up inside outside, while gusts of cold and freezing wind — maybe even snow — are being blown in. Construction workers dress for hard work, meaning they’ll be wearing pants, t-shirts, and little else; they’re going to need a heated place to rest and recover, especially during lunch and breaks. Temporary heating solutions exist at affordable costs and are well worth it when you weigh it against the time (and subsequent money) that is being lost when the cold limits productivity.
  • Arrange for coffee/tea services. There are no temperature control standards when it comes to outdoor businesses (such as construction sites), but there are little things you can do to keep morale up. Something as simple as keeping a coffee maker or kettle available for them to warm their bones on short breaks, or even offering to buy coffee once a week, can make a world of difference. Being subjected to the bitter cold is hard enough without having to manual labor on top of it; with a small display of care, you can help ease the discomfort.

Temporary heating for construction (including propane heater rentals) is an investment worth making. Your employees will be grateful for a reprieve from the bone-chilling winter weather, and work will improve at a faster rate. Find an HVAC rental today and remind your workers that you value their comfort as much as their skill.

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