Securing construction sites for extreme weather

September 30 Chris Kelly

It is imperative to maintain a clean and safe site during construction but the need is magnified during extreme weather events. It is in the best interest of everyone to take all practicable steps to protect the health and safety of the workers and the community surrounding the site.

Ken Abrami Vice President of Operations for TRITEC said ,“All parties involved with a construction project from owner, contractor, subcontractor and material supplier, should review and comply with all applicable safety rules and regulations (i.e. OSHA) that affect the site location.”

TRITEC Operations and Safety Manager Frank Gray says, “It is our philosophy that if you stay ready, you never have to get ready. However, in extreme weather conditions site supervisors should stop, identify potential hazards and then consider how they should be addressed.” Storm preparation recommendations include:

  • All open dumpsters loaded with debris, emptied or removed from site to eliminate flying debris that could possibly cause injuries or property damage.
  • Remove all loose material from roof areas and confirm all items are securely fastened and secured due to possible high winds.
  • Confirm all windows and doors are closed, locked and sites are secure.
  • Confirm that all stored materials are properly strapped down and secured to eliminate potential flying debris that could cause injury or property damage.
  • Document in writing to subcontractors to secure sites from impending storms.
  • Confirm site is clean and no garbage or debris is lying around that could become windblown hazards that could cause injuries or property damage.
  • Confirm all scaffolding is properly secured or removed.
  • Confirm all storm drains and roof drains are clear of debris to avoid flooding.
  • Confirm with owners that precautions to protect buildings are being implemented. Properly prepare for extreme weather to reassure clients that their investment is protected.

After the storm, Site Supervisors from should ask themselves these questions. Is it safe to continue construction or open the site? Is there something that needs to be done to make your site safe? Don’t make these decisions in the heat of the moment; having a safety plan in place allows you the opportunity to make better judgments.