Construction companies slowed down by high heat - Companies

Construction companies slowed down by high heat – Companies

(Belga) The productivity of construction companies is also suffering from the scorching temperatures, reported Friday the Construction Confederation, which defends the interests of more than 16,000 companies in the sector. The loss of productivity remains limited between 25 and 29 degrees but “turns out to be enormous” beyond 30 degrees.

The organization says many construction companies are taking exceptional measures in the face of the heat wave, including starting the workday early and taking extra breaks. However, according to a confederation survey, a loss of productivity of around 10% affects 65% of construction companies in the event of temperatures between 25 and 29 degrees. When the mercury reaches 35 degrees, 20% of construction companies even mention a virtual interruption of activities. “It’s understandable, because obviously the conditions have to remain bearable for our workers, but some materials are absolutely not resistant to this heat. For the construction sector, this heat wave is not good news”, confirms Niko Demeester, CEO of Confederation Construction. “If the number of very hot days remains limited, the impact on construction work schedules will also be quite minimal, but if we are faced with increasingly longer periods of heat, there could be consequences for the final customer.” (Belga)

The organization says many construction companies are taking exceptional measures in the face of the heat wave, including starting the workday early and taking extra breaks. However, according to a confederation survey, a loss of productivity of around 10% affects 65% of construction companies in the event of temperatures between 25 and 29 degrees. When the mercury reaches 35 degrees, 20% of construction companies even mention a virtual interruption of activities. “It’s understandable, because obviously the conditions have to remain bearable for our workers, but some materials are absolutely not resistant to this heat. For the construction sector, this heat wave is not good news”, confirms Niko Demeester, CEO of Confederation Construction. “If the number of very hot days remains limited, the impact on construction work schedules will also be quite minimal, but if we are faced with increasingly longer periods of heat, there could be consequences for the final customer.” (Belga)

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