Incoming weather can produce some pretty hazardous conditions on our job sites and knowing what’s coming our way has great advantages. Not only is the weather very hard to predict, it is often a force we have little to no control over. Planning correctly can help mitigate those hazards on our job sites.
Types of weather to consider:
Lightning:. Although lightning in your area can be detected using a weather “app” on your mobile phone, it is not 100% accurate and electrical storms can pop up at a moments notice. Know the lightning policy created for your jobsite and keep off of steel structures, aerial lifts, and do not operate a crane when lightning is within a 10 mile radius.
Wind: The damaging effects wind can produce can be very dangerous and quite costly. High winds can blow materials off of roof tops, cause hoisted loads to shift and fall, striking workers, pedestrians, or nearby buildings. Wind gusts also have the potential to create eye injuries and have been known to knock down poorly braced cinder block walls. Secure loose building materials, equipment, and tools before high winds can cause property damage or injuries.
Rain, Hail, Ice and Snow: Heavy rains can cause flooding, undermine foundations and limit your visibility while operating equipment and vehicles.
Hail, ice and snow storms can change your jobsite conditions in a matter of minutes causing slip & fall related injuries and vehicular accidents. Talk with your project team in advance and keep ice melting salts and snow removal tools on site for the colder months.
Heat and Humidity: Construction workers work in extreme heat and humidity throughout the year and staying hydrated can become a challenge . Heat related issues can effect concentration and good judgement leading to injuries, accidents and even hospitalization. Making a conscious effort to drink extra fluids and recognizing other workers in distress can make all the difference.