Working outdoors in windy conditions is extremely dangerous, especially if you don’t take steps to protect against trouble.
If you find yourself working in high winds, here are five things you should consider doing:
- Postpone your work: If you’re concerned about your safety, it’s best to take cover indoors and wait for the wind to die down. Risking your health and well-being is never a good idea.
- Beware of blowing debris: When the wind picks up, it’s possible for debris to fly around the worksite. Wearing goggles, for example, can protect your eyes.
- Don’t work at height: For instance, working on a roof in windy conditions increases the likelihood of falling to the ground.
- Don’t conduct lifting operations: This is the same as working at height, as the higher you are off the ground the more likely the chance of an accident.
- Use trucks and equipment as a barrier: Maybe you can park a large work truck in between you and the direction the wind is coming from. This won’t stop the wind altogether, but it provides some protection from the elements.
Even if you take these steps to work safely in high winds, it’s still possible you could suffer an injury.
If you’re injured on the job, stop what you’re doing, administer first aid and seek medical attention at a local hospital.
Once you understand your injuries and prognosis, learn more about your legal rights. You may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive financial benefits until you can return to work.