9 Steps to Include in a Severe Weather Plan for Construction Companies
Severe weather events can add cost and time to a project. Strong winds, heavy rain and lightning all pose risks to projects and employees. Wind and water damage to structures under construction leads to millions of dollars in damages and delays every year.
You can’t control the weather. Sometimes we can’t even predict it accurately, but you can take precautions by ensuring that every construction site has a storm preparedness plan to ensure a safe environment during hazardous weather. This will have a tremendous impact on your recovery from an operational, financial and community perspective.
Here are 9 steps to create a severe weather plan to protect your construction jobsites and employees:
- Do this BEFORE a storm occurs; don’t wait until a storm is imminent, or worse, surprises you.
- Evaluate site-specific risks.
- Include emergency response, securing the jobsite, clean-up and trained personnel to assist with mitigating the damage.
- Make sure the plan covers all types of severe weather you may encounter in your area (e.g. strong winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, lightning, storms, etc.).
- Make sure all employees know and understand your jobsite severe weather plan.
- Have a process to notify all jobsite workers of impending severe weather or jobsite evacuation.
- Assign a jobsite foreman to perform a worker headcount during storm refuge and post-storm.
- Conduct post-storm job site evaluations.
- Identify and clearly mark locations for severe weather refuge.
Once you have a documented plan, review it during morning meetings before each workday and designate time to practice it. Monitor the weather before heading out to the jobsite and throughout the workday.
Extreme weather is often preceded by warnings, however, sometimes there may be little to no warning. Have preventative measures in place to help safeguard lives and materials on the jobsite. To create a customized plan for your construction company, talk to a member of the ‘A’ Team.
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