Performing construction work at night can have benefits for the project, the construction crew, and the public. Nighttime construction reduces risks to travelers and the crew from traffic and helps traffic continue to flow better during its peak daytime hours. Other benefits are that the weather is cooler, which makes work easier, the project can cause less of a disruption to commercial businesses and the project can potentially get completed faster.
These best practices can help a night construction site work as smoothly as possible.
A challenge of performing construction work at night is working in the dark. It’s important to provide the right lighting to create a safe and effective night construction site. The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) recommends matching the lighting level to the type of work that will be carried out. For example, an area with construction equipment should have a level II illumination level with an average minimum illuminance of 108 lux. The ATSSA provides a lighting guide to assist with this planning.
Contractors need to figure out the work zone that needs to be lit, determine the best locations for the lighting and choose the best type and source of lighting for the project. Also, factor in different lighting for stationary versus moving work zones and taking steps, such as positioning and blocking, to avoid light hitting private property and drivers.
Since noise can disturb people at night, especially near residential areas, a plan should be in place to minimize the noise. It’s possible to cut the noise down by using noise barriers and minimizing the loudest aspects of the job. For example, workers can move equipment in ways to avoid backup alarms.
Noise plans should also focus on vibrations and how they could affect the surrounding area. The plan should include ways to cut down on vibrations.
Lighting and noise control should be included within a broader, comprehensive nighttime work plan to create a seamless project. Each night construction worker should be trained in the plan to carry it out well. The main focus of the plan should be safety. This should include a risk assessment and planning to account for different risks.
A construction site always presents risks that are higher than many industries. Construction night work can pose some of the same risks as a daytime project, as well as introduce new risks, such as dangers from inadequate lighting. Also, the authors of a Sleep Medicine Clinics journal article noted that night work has negative effects on performance, accidents and health risks to the night construction worker.
To protect against risks and liabilities, it’s important for construction business owners to have proper construction insurance coverage that accounts for night time work.
It’s important for a construction business owner to plan for the conditions of construction night work. One essential way to accomplish this is to get proper insurance coverage for the nighttime project. Zuma offers customized and affordable insurance plans to California businesses. It specializes in construction, as well as auto repair and other businesses. Zuma’s insurance specialists are able to provide insurance coverage that fits each situation, including the specific needs of a night construction site. Call, email or use the website contact form to get a free quote.