Spring is a prime time for powerful storms. Many of these fronts sweep across entire swaths of the country, bringing straight-line winds, hail, floods, and tornadoes. Your project doesn’t stop just because spring is a volatile time for weather, but it is important to keep your crew safe. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
This is especially important after a storm strikes. Check your construction sites for downed power lines and trees before allowing workers to begin work. Clear all debris from walking and working surfaces. Be sure to stress the importance of fall safety protection to workers when rainy or windy conditions exist. It’s also a good idea to remind your crew to slow down a bit and take shorter steps when walking, especially if the surfaces are wet.
Keep an Eye on the Skies
During spring, weather apps are your best friend. The last thing you want is to have a construction site full of workers in danger because a storm blew in without your knowing. Set alerts and check conditions often. If bad weather is coming your way, be sure to give your workers adequate time to secure the construction site and get home safely before severe weather strikes.
Necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is important on all construction sites. Hard hats should be worn at all times to protect against falling objects or slips, trips, or falls. Workers should wear waterproof boots with non-slip soles and have proper rain gear if a storm hits. Sunscreen is a must for the spring, when mornings can start out cool and then the afternoons can be very hot. Muddy conditions are also a possibility, so make sure your crew is constantly aware of their surroundings.
Emergency kits should be placed around the construction site, and each work truck and vehicle needs to be equipped with weather emergency kits. Here’s a few items that should be included: non-perishable snacks, water, tow straps, emergency flares, and a backup battery for cell phones (or even a backup cell phone). A weather radio that can warn if flash floods or tornadoes in the area are also a good idea.