Proper lighting is important in any construction setting, but even more so in construction sites working through the night. Road work poses an especially big risk to construction workers, who need to see and be seen.
It can often be difficult to know where to begin lighting the area, but there are certain guidelines that every site should be following. Here’s a short guide to introduce you to some of the lighting necessities that should be on every construction site.
Levels of Lighting
There are three different levels of lighting for construction sites. OSHA standards mandate that each type of lighting has a different use, but they should all be employed to meet specific requirements. Level I lighting is necessary for all work operations areas, and especially important for any places where crew members or machinery is in motion. Level II lighting needs to be used on all areas around construction equipment, especially if it’s active, and level III lighting is necessary for pavement repair or structural and pothole filling.
Once you know where your lighting needs to be, it’s time to choose the appropriate construction lighting equipment. Portable lighting is a great option for any construction area, as they provide mobility and versatility in height and range of illumination. Meanwhile, semi-permanent lighting is best for areas such as trailers and long-term work sites. Construction lights are even used during the day, which might make solar towers a non-viable option.
Light it Up!
Once you understand the lighting requirements, as well as the type of lighting you need, it’s time to light up the location. Be sure to reference any lighting plan assigned to your area and do multiple field checks to ensure that every area on your site map meets all of the proper lighting requirements.
Construction lighting can be complex at times, but once you’re able to understand the basics, it becomes easier to put those skills to use. However, just as it’s dangerous to have too little light, too much light can create shadows that might disorient workers. A good lighting plan involves just the right amount of light. Reference links.