Avoid Downtime Disputes in Construction

Avoid Downtime Disputes in Construction

01st December 2015

Here in the UK we're used to bad weather and winter seems to have come with a vengeance. Weather conditions can have a totally disruptive effect on construction activities with high winds and stormy conditions being the worst culprits. Not only does wind add extra risks on a construction site, gales and high winds can close down all activity until the weather clears, delaying projects and adding to the overall expense. This leads to downtime disputes and claims which can be a nightmare to sort out.

Roof work and scaffolding are high risk areas within the construction industry and high winds present a danger for users so work needs to be suspended during periods of severe windy weather. Static (Tower) cranes are commonly used in construction and should be fitted with anemometers or other wind speed measuring devices that will provide an accurate measurement of wind gusts. Site managers and crane operators need to make informed decisions on safe levels of operation to ensure that employees are safe and that site operations comply with health and safety legislation.

Once work has been stopped due to high winds the project is delayed and this often leads to extra costs. Logging wind data is essential when dealing with downtime disputes and nowadays there are accurate and reliable methods of doing this. While an anemometer or other wind speed measuring device can offer the information necessary for carrying out an accurate risk assessment, digital technology is now offering the industry a convenient method of recording wind data which can be used to settle any claims.

One of the most powerful tools available is a device such as WindCrane - a live wind speed monitor that can help site managers control the risks from strong winds on construction sites. It's a wind monitoring system that combines remote mobile technology with round the clock cloud-based software that automatically tracks wind information. It will also deliver alerts on wind events so that site managers and crane operators have all the information necessary to minimise the risks of bad weather and avoid accidents. The data is available to operators and managers via mobile phone apps (both Apple and Android) and can be viewed remotely 24/7. In order to provide users with the data they need to settle downtime disputes, all of the historical wind data is logged and backed up on the cloud for future use.

The construction industry as a whole has been one of the laggards when it comes to harnessing the power of digital technology. However, in recent years, attempts have been made to address this issue and the sector is now beginning to embrace technology for the benefits it brings. Digital technology is being used to make work easier and safer nowadays which can only be a good thing. The Health and Safety at Work Act has had a huge impact on safety, resulting in Britain becoming one of the safest places to work in construction. Let's now take things further and use this bright new technology to make the construction industry safer than ever before.