There are a number of scenarios which will require the implementation of a proper lighting plan. Whether it’s for building or engineering work, or for public events such as music festivals, effective lighting will not only improve visibility, but also maximise safety, security and efficiency of operations across the area.
In this article, we’re looking at how a strategic lighting plan can improve on-site efficiency to help make your overall working environment much easier to manage.
Lighting for overnight worksites
Oftentimes, for road or railside maintenance in particular, the bulk of repair or engineering work is best carried out overnight – in order to minimise disruption to the public. However, productivity is naturally slower when visibility is compromised, so the first goal is to plan a lighting setup which facilitates clearer visibility from the outset.
Before the work is due to begin, dedicate some time to setting up an appropriate lighting plan. Liaise with your contractors to ensure that you’re aware of all the requirements of those carrying out the work, and draft in enough lights for the site so as to avoid later delays.
This all sounds simple, but the impact of an effective, robust plan can never be overstated. Here are a few more things to think about to ensure your lighting plan is as efficient as possible:
- Choose the right kind of lighting: Your decision will mainly depend on the type of work being done and the size and layout of the worksite. For rail or road, link lighting is an attractive and efficient option – covering long distances with a quick, easy setup. For smaller construction sights, tower lights might be the way to go – their built-in generator capability can even help to power other construction equipment, maximising the efficiency of on-site operations.
- Traffic flow: For sites with both foot and vehicle traffic, you have to ensure your traffic flow plan matches up with your lighting plan. Routes should be clearly lit and so should directional signage. Entrances and exits will require their own dedicated lighting, too, as will public-facing areas to ensure passing pedestrians and drivers can clearly see the work area and act accordingly.
Once you’ve built a lighting plan and have begun to implement it across your worksite, it’s wise to appoint one or more personnel to make sure the plan is maintained properly for the duration of the project. This will also allow you to keep on top of any changes or additions that need to be made to the plan.
Worksite safety, security and productivity
During the project, your lighting will be multifuncional, and with a proper plan, will help to improve security, safety and productivity all at once.
In terms of security, having lighting to cover entrance points and traffic routes in the worksite will allow on-site security personnel to clearly spot intruders or suspicious behaviour which would otherwise be shrouded by natural darkness.
Safety and productivity go hand in hand. If a worker cannot clearly see what is is they’re doing, not only will they be much slower to complete tasks, but they will be unsafe while doing so. If proper lighting is not in place for engineering or repair works, then a worker is better off waiting until it is. A delay like this will be costly.
Failing to plan ahead leads to disruption later on, and injuries to workers or the public can grind a project to a halt. Avoid this by making sure your lighting plan is as robust as possible before work begins, and adaptable enough to minimise delays as they happen.
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