Winter weather brings challenges to those who work outside
COLUMBIA- From 70-degree weather Monday to a 30-degree drop on Tuesday and a wintry mix, Coil Construction is working around the challenges the week brings.
“Previously, the forecast was cooler temperatures and not so much of a change,” Supervisor of Coil Construction, J.V. Scofield, said. “Then, all of a sudden, there’s use of the ‘6-inches of snow’ word.”
The construction company is completing a project at Shelter Insurance and is on a deadline, regardless of factors that may re-route their daily task list. Scofield said weather is part of the territory that comes with a job in the construction industry.
“You adapt with every day,” Scofield said. “We have things scheduled and lined out that we want to do, and when this hits, it’s a damper.”
Scofield said his workers typically look ahead at forecasts to prepare for bad weather in advance. This means laying an extra layer of rock on exposed ground to allow workers access to the building inside, as well as prep work outside to save time on exterior projects when weather conditions improve.
Randy Coil, owner of Coil Construction, said all of his workers know how to prepare themselves for the weather ahead of a workday like Tuesday.
“We're going to inquire a variety of weather from extreme heats to extreme colds and from snow to rain," Coil said. "We always try to anticipate where we are. Anticipation may be a 10-day look ahead at the weather conditions and preparation of the site so it's a safe place and a place to work at the same time."