Monthly Archives: October 2016

Is Your Construction Site Sufficiently Lit?

With the clocks about to go back an hour, evenings will be drawing in even earlier, making the days short and the nights long. Whilst this isn’t a problem in most industries, it does mean that additional lighting will be required for construction sites. With many building projects having to be turned around in as short a time as possible, this calls for workers to be on site for long hours per day, particularly as the deadline date for completion looms.

What forms of lighting may be required?

Depending on the nature of the construction project, chances are a site manager will need to hire a variety of different forms of light sources. For example:

• Floodlights for construction sites and compounds which will brightly illuminate large spaces in order for workers to continue to see their work area long after sunset
• Ground lights to light up smaller areas, ideal for use if only certain parts of the site are being worked on after hours
• Outdoor lighting which is robust enough to withstand the harsh winter elements
• Free standing indoor lights which can be moved from room to room as required

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Lighting up public areas

Whilst lighting a construction site is primarily of benefit for the workers, it is of course necessary for members of the public, too. The area surrounding a construction site should be adequately lit to alert the public to the fact that this is a dangerous area not be entered without authorisation, and any pedestrian walkways which may guide people though a large site should also be well lit after dark in order to avoid trips and falls.

Mains feed supplied or battery powered?

It’s important to consider whether the lighting for the construction site can be powered by the mains feed, in which case there must be sufficient power sources close by in order to avoid hazardous trailing cables, or whether battery powered units need to be supplied. Free standing lighting powered by batteries may be a practical option if it is not going to be safe to have additional cables on the ground, however bear in mind that the batteries need to be charged at regular intervals to ensure they last for the duration of the project.

If you would like to find out more about having construction site lighting installed by fully trained NICEIC engineers in the South of England, give our team a call on 0844 241 5300.