What Is a Lull in Construction?

March 8, 2024

A lull in construction is a period of time in which work on a project diminishes significantly or stops entirely. It can be caused by numerous factors, including inclement weather and delays in obtaining necessary permits or approvals from local authorities. In other cases, a lull may be caused by unforeseen bureaucratic hurdles or regulatory changes.

Construction pauses can also be the result of unfavorable economic conditions. For example, many apartment builders have opted to wait until the market improves before investing in new multifamily construction projects. As a result, rental building starts have dropped across the country in recent quarters, with some states experiencing a 66% drop in construction compared to the same quarterly average since 2021.

In addition to the potential impact of unfavorable economic conditions, construction lulls can be caused by a number of safety issues. For example, construction foreman and contractors sometimes require workers to use a lull or forklift inappropriately to work from an elevated height. These pieces of equipment have prongs that can be used to lift plywood or other boards on which workers can stand, essentially creating a makeshift platform at a height above the ground. This is NOT the intended use of these machines and courts have found that workers who fall from such vehicles when they are being used in this way can have a strong Labor Law case against their employer.

It is important that a lull or forklift be properly inspected and maintained before each use to ensure that it can safely reach its maximum load capacity. This includes ensuring that the right attachments are being used and that all load safety measures are being followed. Lastly, never drive a lull or forklift on a public road unless it has been specifically registered and licensed to do so. Palmer Johnson RECON can repair and extend the life of a Lull forklift (also known as a telehandler) so that it can be used for years to come.

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