According to research, construction workers lose around three days of work during the winter months due to poor lighting. But, with better lighting, workers could actually earn, on average, around £295 more during winter.
New analysis from Direct Line for Business has recently found that across the UK, this could amount to the industry losing up to £265 million a year. All because of lighting!
Last year it was found that during the summer months, on average construction workers clocked around 37.9 hours a week. However, during the winter months of October to March, it was found that fewer hours were clocked with an average of 37.2 a week. Consequently, over the course of winter, it was revealed that workers actually lose a total of twenty hours and twenty-two minutes of working time. That’s nearly three days of work!
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When looking at the average weather for the UK in winter, there are less than nine and a half hours of sunlight! In comparison, it was found that during the summer, there is over fifteen hours worth of sunlight. That’s a massive five and a half hours less sunlight! So for those working outside, like construction workers, who rely on the light to be able to work, that’s more than five hours less time to work.
Broken down with the average tradesman earning £544.60 a week, this means that over the winter months they would face a loss of £295.32. So, for the industry as a whole, 899,000 workers could be missing out on almost three hundred pounds a year. For the industry, this adds up to a £265,495,910 loss.
Matt Boatwright, the Head of Direct Line for Business described: “Those working in the construction industry are clearly in demand, with the average hours of work increasing by more than 45 minutes per week over the last decade.”
“However, the UK’s construction businesses have always been restricted in the hours that they work by the weather, with poor weather conditions or light quality having an impact.”
“New innovations, such as Fleetlights, which is a prototype service that uses a fleet of flying torch drones, responsive to movement and controlled via a bespoke app, could potentially make the construction industry more productive.”
“Just a few minutes’ extra work per day can have a positive impact on a project, and without the burden of poor light, the construction industry could complete contracts faster and increase their business’ earning potential as a result.”
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