High Winds Safety

High Winds

When high winds are for sure, make sure your materials are secure

What safeguards do we focus on in high wind conditions?

High wind conditions create hazards to individuals and to property and require special precautions.  During periods of high winds, wind gusts are especially hazardous because they occur suddenly and their force is unpredictable. 

Be Prepared:  When you know that high winds are predicted, survey the work area to identify loose materials, supplies, and equipment that could be picked up or torn loose by gusting winds.  Secure these items or move them to a safe location to prevent them from being blown into or against property or people.  For example, unsecured ladders resting against structures should be lowered to the ground.  Fencing and equipment with large surface areas are especially prone to be impacted by high winds.

Know the Limits of Your Equipment: When operating any equipment, make sure you understand its wind specifications (limitations).  Many crane manufacturers have high-wind guidelines to prevent you from operating a crane in unsafe weather.  You should also check safety equipment such as fall protection to determine if it is adequate for windy conditions.  Be extra careful when opening vehicle doors.  Gusting winds can cause the doors to open suddenly potentially striking individuals or property.

Keep your hard hat on and properly secured at all times to prevent injuries from falling or flying objects.  The likelihood of falls from heights is greatly increased by strong winds. If possible, restrict work at open elevated locations, or consider implementing additional fall protection measures if elevated work is necessary.