When cold weather rolls in, it can help to have a construction heating station around to help your staff stay warm. 63% of weather-connected fatalities are from cold temperatures, making extreme weather preparedness all the more important when the chill sets in.
On jobsites like construction sites and warehouses, cold temperatures can grind your team down, reducing their morale, impacting their productivity and increasing the risks of jobsite injury or death. That’s why heating stations are so essential: They provide a central hub for workers to alleviate symptoms caused by working in the cold.
In this blog, we’ll describe what a construction heating station is, how it can help you keep your operations running smoothly, and how you can obtain one to help your team adapt to severe weather conditions.
How Do Cold Temperatures Affect Workplace Efficiency?
Cold temperatures are an efficiency-killer. As anyone who’s worked in cold environments will know, it gets hard to hold your tools and do quality work when your fingers get stiff and you start to lose feeling in your fingertips.
In addition to causing physical health problems, cold temperatures can have a negative impact on mental acuity. Issues like reduced thinking ability, difficulty concentrating, and mental fatigue are also side effects of working in cold temperatures.
Workers may also have unique cold-weather related risks, depending on the project they’re working on. For instance, trench foot can occur when workers feet are exposed to wet and cold temperatures for extended periods. It can even occur at temperatures as high as 60 degrees Fahrenheit!
For more information on how cold environments affect workers, consult the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s cold stress guide.
What is a Heating Station?
A heating station is a ground-mounted mobile office that specifically provides an area of safe refuge for workers escaping chilling conditions.
While shipping containers are typically opened with double cargo doors, you would access a heating station by opening a personnel door on the side of the container. These mobile offices also have windows to allow natural light inside, and artificial lights to provide illumination during nighttime or low-light conditions.
Heating stations may also be stocked with hot food, drinks, dry clothes and information about the safety risks associated with extended periods of freezing temperatures.
Benefits of a Heating Station
There are numerous benefits, both material and symbolic, to providing your team with a heating station.
Mitigate Health Risks
In cold conditions, worker’s muscles are more likely to strain and sprain. Both young and old workers alike are prone to health problems caused by the cold.
Over time, arthritis, rheumatism, breathing difficulties and heart disease can befall workers. That leads to reductions in worktime and increases the risk of workers’ compensation claims. If these problems are unaddressed, your organization might experience an elevated level of employee turnover. Care for your workers, and they’ll care for you.
Heating stations ensure that employees can work comfortably, even in intense weather conditions, mitigating distractions and discomfort caused by harsh temperatures.
Even in freezing cold winters, these heating stations can maintain a temperate temperature, enabling workers to focus on their tasks with greater precision. The result? Fewer mistakes, improved productivity, and safer working conditions.
Workers are less flexible in cold conditions. As their fingers get stiff and difficult to move with precision, it can increase the amount of time that even mundane tasks require to complete. Without a place to warm up at, your workers are going to be less productive. With a heating station, workers can take regular breaks to warm up and regain flexibility in their limbs.
With fewer weather-related interruptions and delays, operations can proceed smoothly and on schedule, ultimately leading to enhanced operational output.
How Can You Get a Heating Station for your Jobsite?
Getting a heating station for your job site is a wise investment in your workers’ safety and well-being. Here’s how you can go about it:
1. Assess Your Site
Start by assessing your construction site to determine the best locations for heating stations. Consider factors like proximity to work areas, electrical access and the number of workers in each area.
2. Get a Heating Station Quote
Getting a quote is a simple process. Give us a call or contact us and we’ll connect you with a sales representative who can address any questions you have and provide you with pricing.
3. Schedule Delivery
After reviewing your quote, plan to have your heating station delivered. Ensure that the route to your preferred location is clear of debris or gates that may impede the access of our delivery truck.
We try to give advanced notice before we arrive, allowing you to better schedule your work around our delivery. You can contact your dedicated sales representative to discuss payment and delivery options.
4. Set Up Your Heating Station
Setting up a heating station is easy. After the container is delivered, you’ll want to connect power and ensure that outlets, lighting and HVAC are working properly. Stock the heating station with hot drinks, sets of dry clothing and cold-weather equipment for staff to use.
5. Train Your Team
Ensure that your workers are aware of the heating stations’ locations and the importance of using them. Train them on recognizing the signs of cold stress and the appropriate steps to take if they or their colleagues are affected by the symptoms of chilblains, trench foot, frostbite or hypothermia.
6. Encourage Use
Encourage your workers to use the heating stations. Informing your workers where heating station components like hot food, drinks and dry clothes are so they can take proactive measures to protect their health when the need arises.
In conclusion, as the cold weather approaches, it’s crucial to prioritize the well-being and efficiency of your workforce by considering the implementation of heating stations on your job site. Cold temperatures can pose serious health risks and hinder productivity, but heating stations offer a solution by providing a safe refuge for workers to warm up and recharge.
These stations mitigate health risks, reduce mistakes, and enhance overall productivity, ultimately contributing to the smooth operation of your projects. To get started, contact us and we can provide you with a free quote.
By investing in construction heating stations, you not only safeguard your workers but also invest in the success and longevity of your organization. Stay warm, stay safe and stay efficient during the winter months.
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