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Wind Hazards

As weather warnings take effect across Washington State, it is important to take extra precautions on the job site. Strong winds are blowing through the region, with gust at 60 mph and greater. These winds pose an immediate danger to scaffolding, cranes, and workers. Below is a brief list of recommendations to mitigate the risks of high speed winds:

  • Make sure tarps, plastic, and other covers are tightly secured, especially on trucks and other vehicles.
  • Conduct frequent inspections of the integrity of your scaffolding and crane support.
  • All employees working on scaffolding, roofs, ladders, aerial lifts, or any other elevated platform, must have fall protection in place. The combination of high winds and rain make for dangerous conditions and significantly increase the risks of slipping or falling.
  • Take extra time closing down the job site at the end of the day. Gusts will continue throughout the night, so materials and equipment must be adequately secured.
  • Keep an eye on the surrounding trees. If a tree looks unstable, or near collapse, notify your supervisor immediately.
  • Most cranes should not operate in winds more than 30 mph. Check your operator’s manual for the specific limitation of your crane.
  • Hoisting loads, like form panels, can be very dangerous in winds. The load acts like a kite and create hazards for the crane and the rigger, especially when the crane is operating at or near max capacity or radius.
  • Never wrap a tag line around any part of your body.
  • Nail down or band top sheets of plywood or similar material, especially on bridges, buildings or near roadways.
  • Take extra caution when working around power lines.
  • Watch for any debris flying on or out of the job site.

Overall, extra precaution will ensure a safe working environment during stormy weather. The weather can change quickly, so you must continuously monitor the situation for any new hazards. If your own safety, or the safety of others, feels jeopardized in any way, stop working and contact your supervisor for further instruction.

As always, The Integrated Group is here to help. Feel free to contact us at 425-822-8500 or info@theintegratedgroup.com

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