With spring less than a week away, Mother Nature decided to have a little bit of fun by throwing another winter wallop at us yesterday. Snow, bitter cold and extreme high winds were the order of the day and those type of weather conditions can wreak havoc on a construction schedule.
Yesterday, our Beech House project was forced to shut down operation of the crane due to high winds and freezing rain and snow. Temperatures of less than minus 16 and winds over 55 kms per hour mandate the shutting down of the crane for safety concerns. At this stage of the build, the crane is an integral player on the field and its inability to operate safely virtually brings the whole site to a grinding halt. Many factors are taken into account regarding the operation of a crane under adverse conditions including but not limited to temperatures, wind, precipitation, as well as load dimensions and weight. Safety First necessitates prudence in these matters. Twenty-Four hours later and we are back up and running and looking forward to a gentler Mother Nature in the weeks to come.