'is this my best side'
Photography in industrial locations is as much about taking a great photograph as it is about managing the environment the photography is being created in.
The only thing (hopefully) that will be remembered is the picture and for the right reasons the photographer, so working in an environment where the photographers needs can be at odds with the clients production schedule. Just stopping the job even for a short time has 'knock-on', -delays to welding, fabrication, QA testing and certification, finishing and painting, booked transport final signoff and delivery to the client..in markets where materiel costs rise and time deadlines require ever demanding efficiencies there is not much 'slack' in the system.
In the grand scheme of things 'photographers' are a nuisance..in fact I once heard of an art director say 'photographers..just an unfortunate necessity' yet we create the eye candy for many annual reports, brochures, website, social media etc words are good-pictures are better!
Getting the 'set' looking good does take time, just clearing up the used grinding discs, random cables, unused power tools, boxes and 'George's' favourite sitting down chair makes for a better looking image.
Do everything that can be done before stopping someone else working, setting and testing the lights-getting the camera all set-knowing the frames and exposures you will need for the final image output. Those welders are not working on the fabrication..they are arcing off a couple of pieces of scrap, it allows me to place the welders in good places for the image but not require any 'cleaning up' after.
Even the photography lighting used is selected for the environment, using Elinchrom Quadra battery powered flash removed the need for excessive mains power cable runs (good for tidiness and H&S slips trip hazards) if 'more' is needed we have some special 'jumper' cables to power 110v/240v mains strobe equipment.
Total 'stoppage' time needed to get the shot -10 minutes including showing the 'models' the frames..the setting up however took longer but saved the client valuable production time.