Along with spring and summer storms comes the need for precautionary measures to protect the people and equipment at job sites. With the right plan, your job site will remain safe, no matter what kind of weather comes your way.
Have a Severe Weather Plan Prepared
Before a severe storm hits, it’s vital to have a severe weather plan in place. In fact, OSHA requires that you have one. That means having a clearly marked storm refuge, taking a head count, and keeping easily accessible medical and other emergency supplies on-site.
Workers should also be trained how to react during severe weather:
- Stay out of trenches and off scaffolds or other unsafe areas.
- Remove and secure debris and other materials that could become airborne.
- Calmly go to pre-approved shelters.
It’s also recommended to take pictures of the job site before and after a severe storm hits to help keep track of what progress was made and any damage that may have occurred. That way, you will be able to accurately assess any damage for insurance purposes. Be sure to evaluate the job site for safety before allowing workers back to work.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
It may seem like simple advice, but keeping an eye on the weather is one of the first steps in keeping your employees and job site safe. That way, you will be aware of impending weather and can prepare accordingly. Be sure to go over the plan at the beginning of the work day if severe weather is possible.
Most mobile phones today are Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) enabled, which will add another layer of preparedness to job sites. Also investing in a portable weather alarm system will help notify workers of an approaching storm. Make sure that it is loud enough for them to hear and train them to recognize the sound.
Secure Equipment & Materials
Properly storing and securing job site equipment and materials will prevent unnecessary losses. Outdoor equipment shelters are a quick and convenient way to protect equipment and supplies from the elements. That way, you don’t have to worry about replacing valuable resources. Indoor equipment enclosures can also be used to secure valuable equipment in the event of an evacuation. That way, they are not damaged or stolen.
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