Those working within construction or similar industries will understand the impact that working conditions have on the speed, efficiency and quality of a project. Temperature, weather and lighting can each adversely affect individuals’ abilities to work safely and productively. Poor lighting, in particular, can make jobs far more difficult; this is often a concern for projects taking place in poorly lit environments or at night.
It goes without saying that working at night presents a unique set of challenges compared to daytime construction. In addition to the usual safety concerns and logistical factors that must be considered, working at night means dealing with limited visibility and potential disruptions to the local community. However, with adequate planning and the correct equipment, it is possible to carry out construction work at night safely and efficiently.
Here at Rocket Rentals, we’ve put together a brief guide to the equipment you’ll need to work safely at night.
First and foremost, one of the most important pieces of equipment for those working at night is proper lighting. Without the right lighting, a number of hazards and potential safety issues arise which could lead to the injury of an employee. Fortunately, there are a number of options available for use including temporary floodlights and LED spotlights. Larger lights can be positioned strategically around the construction site to provide broad, even illumination. Portable work lights, on the other hand, can be used to focus on specific tasks or areas.
Personal Protective Equipment
In addition to lighting, personal protective equipment (PPE) is also essential for individuals working at night. Of course, this is necessary during the day or night, but the latter requires added visibility. This should include hard hats, safety glasses, earplugs or earmuffs, and clothing with added reflectivity and visible elements. It's also important for workers to be trained in safe practices for working at night, such as site navigation and proper communication.
Last but not least, lighting equipment is of no use without a suitable means of power. The most common form of powering lighting, tools and other equipment is with a reliable generator. It's also a good idea to have a backup power source on hand, such as a second generator or a battery-powered backup system. Additionally, it is always useful to bring electrical transformers to a site to ensure that all equipment can be safely powered.
Rocket Rentals: Lighting Hire & Generator Rental
There is no denying that working at night presents its own set of challenges, but with the right equipment and planning, these challenges are easily overcome. If you’re in need of plant hire services, be it lighting, generators or larger machinery, look no further. We’re proud to offer our customers a huge selection of plant hire and tool rental services.
Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.