Wind Hazards Safety

Wind Hazards

Weather plays an important role on how we work safely on our job sites. High wind is a component of weather that can pose many hazards for workers. Our task is to: protect our workers and the public from hazards on a construction site; provide securement; and facilitate safe passage.

Hazards created by wind can include, but are not limited to:

  • Unplanned movement of equipment
  • Objects falling from elevated surfaces
  • Struck-by incidents, due to objects blown around
  • Eye injuries caused by flying dust and debris
  • Equipment damage due to being tipped over by forceful winds
  • Dropped loads while performing a lift in high winds
  • Increased loads on tarped or hoarded structures causing a tip-over or collapse
  • Failure of scaffold hoarding and site fencing due to improper material and design

Eliminating/mitigating hazards related to high winds

  • Eliminate the hazards by stopping a work task that poses a hazard due to wind conditions (i.e., roof work, lifting operations)
  • Jobs involving aerial lifts, cranes and sheathing materials must be properly evaluated with wind conditions
  • Different or additional PPE may be required (goggles vs. safety glasses against flying dust and debris)
  • Do not react or reach for dropping objects (i.e. losing a hardhat in the wind). This can result in slips, falls and strain/sprains
  • Do not place hands in or near equipment that may rotate or move due to high winds


*Tool Box Talk based on GC submitted by Eric Cameron – Exelon Mystic Station