High Wind Dangers Toolbox Talk
Learn how to prepare for dangerous situations when high wind creates hazards on the jobsite.
High Wind Dangers Safety Talk
When you are working outside sometimes you are at the mercy of the weather. Rain, snow, ice, and heat all can play a huge role in the ability to work outside but a less talked about hazard is high winds. it is important to also realize that high winds can pose a threat and are a safety hazard and what to do if you find yourself working in these conditions.
What is Considered High Winds?
High wind is a wind of such velocity that one or more of the following hazards would be present:
OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) normally considers winds that are exceeding 40 miles per hour as high winds. If the work involves material handling, high winds can be considered at 30 miles per hour, unless the employer takes precautions to protect employees from the hazards of the wind.
High Wind Hazards
Every construction job site is different so not every site will have the same hazards that can be created by high winds. Some high wind hazards include but are not limited to:
If you see some hazards on your job site you should always alert your coworkers as well as your supervisor. If you are unsure of something being a hazard it is always better to speak up.
How to Prepare for High Winds
In order to keep yourself and other workers safe on a construction job site there are several things you can do to prepare:
How to Stay Safe During High Winds
Should you find yourself working in high winds there are a few safety tips you should follow. If you have any questions about any of these you should always ask your supervisor for clarification.
Some safety tips to remember during high winds include:
Working during high winds can be extremely difficult and the potential for injuries is high. Always use extreme caution and if you feel like winds are too high to continue, bring it to your supervisor's attention. You should never put yourself or your fellow coworkers at risk on purpose.
High Wind Best Practices
Take a few minutes to look over your work area and site for potential hazards due to high winds. Discuss with other workers what you think could be done to eliminate or reduce the potential for injury and equipment damage.
Some of the best practices to eliminate hazards and injuries related to high winds include:
Not all injuries can be prevented but when you and your coworkers work together to try to have a safe job site the potential for injuries can decrease.
On a construction site, it is critical that you pre plan your day and your tasks to ensure safety. You will find that weather can play a major role in what tasks you will be able to do that day and ones you will have to wait on. When high winds are going to be present, plan work accordingly. Avoid certain tasks during high winds as well as use the safeguards you have been taught to ensure your safety as well as the safety of your coworkers.
Should you have any questions or concerns about working during high winds or what safety precautions you should be taking contact your supervisor. They will be able to advise you on the proper safety precautions at your construction job site.