Wind Safety

June 2016 Safety Topic

High winds are usually associated with severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and nor'easters. They may also occur as a result of differences in air pressures, such as when a cold front passes through the area.

High winds can cause trees and power lines to fall, flying debris and structural failure as seen in the picture below, which may lead to power outages, transportation disruptions, damage to buildings and vehicles, and injury or fatalities. By following the following safety tips, you can prevent yourself or others from beig injured due to high winds or wind gusts:

  • Pay attention to forecasts, especially wind speeds, and plan work activities accordingly.
  • Don’t allow work on scaffolding, elevated lifts and cranes in high winds. Insure equipment that has potential to collapse is secured.
  • Secure materials and tools to prevent them from blowing away. Pay special attention to lighter materials which are easier to become airborn.
  • Inspect solid fencing, concrete formwork and vertical walls on projects to ensure they can withstand high winds.
  • Inspect the worksite after the wind has died down to ensure that any hazards created are addressed.
  • Ensure workers wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)in windy conditions, including eye protection and safety headgear.