Protect Your Workers and Jobsites from Natural Disasters

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on September 6, 2018 0 Comments

National Preparedness Month 2018 - Disasters happen. Prepare now, learn how.September is National Preparedness Month, an annual outreach campaign begun in 2004 by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

With hurricane season in full swing, and the first direct hit on U.S. shores already recorded, now is the time to think about jobsite protections from natural disasters.

Natural disasters and other emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs.

Because homes are built nearly everywhere, the threats posed to workers and jobsites include hurricanes, earthquakes, lightning, tornadoes, high winds, wildfires and much more.

Some steps taken to mitigate against natural disasters are obvious. But some might not be intuitive. For example, according to the Builder Hurricane Preparation Plan from NAHB’s Home Innovation Research Labs, all dumpsters should be either removed or emptied once an area comes under a hurricane warning. All material deliveries should be halted under a hurricane watch.

Insurance companies also have great resources for operators of construction sites facing natural disasters, including the importance of creating a relocation plan for workers should evacuation become necessary.

OSHA also recognizes the importance of worker safety and the necessity to create, implement, and follow plans of action for emergencies. The agency maintains an Emergency Preparedness and Response page that covers most types of natural and man-made disasters.

After the storm, recovery and rebuilding is often a huge undertaking. Builders Mutual has helpful tips for getting the jobsite back up and running, including the imperative to document everything, with paper and pictures.

As always, NAHB has numerous resources for builders, workers, HBAs and homeowners facing a natural disaster and cleanup and recovery.

Extra work right now can help builders avoid unnecessary loss, keep their workers safe and ensure the job continues as quickly as possible after the incident.

For more information on builder safety, please contact Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242 x8507.

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