6 safety steps for contractors to follow this hurricane season
Experts at Travelers offer critical safety precautions for construction workers ahead of the 2018 hurricane season.
The 2018 hurricane season is here, and Travelers is working to prepare construction clients for emergency weather situations from June 1 to November 30.
Hurricanes, flooding and other extreme weather events can disrupt construction jobs due to severe winds and heavy rain. They can also create new jobs with response work rebuilding impacted areas.
Travelers experts warn that the demand surge for labor and materials, coupled with unfamiliar locations and the unique job-site hazards associated with post-event situations, can create significant risks and challenges for contractors. However, these risks can be minimized by taking a few proactive steps, detailed in the slideshow above.
“Before taking on a job post-storm, consider whether or not you have enough qualified staff to handle the work, the necessary materials to complete the job and adequate insurance coverage for the situation,” Rick Keegan, president of Construction at Travelers, said in a statement.
“Weighing the risks and putting safety first are important to protecting a business’s livelihood and employees.”
While still in the early stages of this year’s hurricane season, Travelers recommends contractors consider 6 safety steps to prepare for and prevent hurricane damage:
1) Secure all aspects of the job. Wind and rain can damage materials and the structure or project. Protect areas under construction from water intrusion, secure loose materials and install additional bracing to walls or roofs if needed.
2) Identify the potential for flooding. Take steps to avoid on-site flooding, including installing drainage systems, moving large equipment and waiting to install finished products until the building is watertight.
3) Protect your cranes. Cranes should be lowered if possible before weather events. Consult with the manufacturer or a professional engineer on how to best lower and secure cranes.
4) Create an employee communications plan. Devise an action plan to keep people safe, with a list of contact information and a log of on-site workers to account for everyone if a storm hits.
5) Check your business continuity plan. Train employees to understand their roles, and regularly review update and test your plan for business disruption. If you don’t have a plan in place, now is the time to create one.
6) Regularly review your insurance coverage. Work with your insurance carrier of broker to make sure your business is sufficiently protected.