Conducting construction work at the night has its benefits. For one, it's less of a disruption to motorists since there are fewer cars on the road. The weather is also cooler, which is a big plus in the summer. However, lower visibility is an important factor for evening construction. Here are some best practices for evening construction work.
Visibility Is Key
From sunset on, you have far less natural light to work with. You will need to supply ample lighting at the worksite. The American Traffic Safety Services Association recommends a minimum illuminance of 108 lux if the site contains excavators and other construction equipment.
Light positioning is also important. Be careful not to point the illumination directly at private property or on the road where it can blind drivers.
Wear Reflective Clothing
Require all crew members to wear reflective vests or high-visibility clothing during evening construction work. Flaggers should definitely have some form of reflective material on them. According to the Worker Visibility Final Rule, a provision of the Federal Highway Administration, crew members should don class 2 apparel. This is the minimum requirement; ideally, workers should wear class 3 gear. This is highly recommended for high-risk environments, such as roadways and other heavily congested areas.
Plan for Noise
Safety issues aside, you also have to be mindful of noise disturbances, especially if your site is near a residential area. One best practice is to implement noise barriers that reduce the noise level and vibrations. This includes acoustical enclosures that fully encompass the work zone. For excavator attachments like breakers and hoe packs, add mufflers and silencers.
Increase Productivity with Evening Construction Work
Nighttime construction activity can increase the amount of work completed and ensure that deadlines are met. Contact Active Excavator Rentals for excavator and attachment rentals. Learn about us and our inventory. Evening construction work requires more diligent safety practices.
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