STORMS & BAD WEATHER – Health & Safety Advice

February 17, 2022 2:59 am

The following advice has been put together for clients in relation to any work planned prior to, during or after a storm.  The main hazards are falling from height, flying debris and/or falling objects.

Clients/Employers need to assess the risk(s) from the effect of storm conditions on their work activities, identify the hazards and take necessary precautions:  The following areas that require specific attention:

  • Extreme care must be taken when working with wind fallen / damaged trees, they may be unstable with the risk of crushing for people involved in cutting and removing them.
  • Avoid all work at height, do not consider going on any roof or near exposed edges, winds in excess of 23mph (Force 5) will affect a person’s balance and increase the chance of falls.
  • Stop work in places with a risk of falling objects or collapse of temporary structures, partially built structures, unsupported gable peaks etc.
  • Remove or secure loose materials that may be blown and become a hazard.
  • Access onto fragile roofs (corrugated iron, asbestos etc) damaged during a storm / bad weather should only be undertaken with appropriate equipment to prevent falls through the roof.
  • If, electrical power lines have been blown down or if there are any exposed electrical conductors, these must not be approached and Western Power should be contacted on 0800 6783 105.
  • Check ALL scaffolding is secured and adequately tied and if required provide additional ties or supports, following a storm or bad weather the scaffolding needs to be inspected by a competent person before being brought back into use.
  • Mobile Plant / Cranes should be inspected for damage prior to being brought back into service in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual.  Cranes should be placed in a safe out of service condition, in particular Luffing jib cranes must be in free slew with the jib at a safe out of service radius, the manufacturer’s manual should be consulted for advice on taking the crane out of service in high winds.
  • After the storm – excavations and partially completed structures should be inspected for strength and stability.

While it is not possible to detail every work related activity for every site that require attention, it is essential that Clients and Employers take account of the storm and the impact it may have had on work activities and employees and take appropriate precautions.

There may be significant damage following a storm, therefore it is essential that all clean up and repair works are both suitably assessed and carried out by competent persons.

For further information please contact JNC Safety Services Limited – 01872 262261