4 Spring Weather Hazards To Consider For Height Access Projects

May 01 2019
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Spring seems to be one of the best times of year for many people. Construction projects, which may have seemed long and never-ending in the winter, pick up the pace as the sun starts shining brighter.

Window cleaning, painting, façade repair are very popular in the spring. However, as this time of the year comes, it brings numerous hazards, which people tend to overlook. Let’s review a few of them.

  1. Slippery Roads

Even when the snow is gone, roads remain highly dangerous in the spring. Sudden rain can make the road slippery in seconds. Using height access equipment, which involves driving to the worksite and around it, needs special attention.

When the rain is in the forecast, the equipment operators need to be extra careful about moving around the site.

In case the height-access project is planned for rough terrain, it’s important to have a backup plan. Wet and loose soil can lead to accidents.

  1. Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are common in the spring. They usually come with damaging winds and dangerous lightning. Anything unsecured becomes a hazard. At a construction site, a thunderstorm can wreak havoc.

Wind-driven rain can blind the equipment operator and lead to an accident. Lightning can strike tall objects at the work sites. It’s highly important to avoid height-access work when a thunderstorm is in the forecast.

  1. Flooding

When spring comes, floods aren’t far behind. Even if the area you are working in hasn’t been flooded in the past couple of years, there is still a chance it might be this spring. Watch the weather conditions carefully, especially when leaving your height access equipment in hazardous zones.

Moving water is so strong that it can easily sweep away any equipment, including boom lifts and trucks with platforms.

  1. Strong Winds

Strong winds may not seem as hazardous as floods or thunderstorms, but they are highly dangerous for people working at heights. When renting height-access equipment, make sure to ask the company what weather conditions it can withstand.

Some of the scissor and boom lifts can easily topple over when strong winds occur. Follow the wind limitations carefully to ensure workers’ and equipment safety.

For height-access projects, spring is often more dangerous than winter. It’s important to check the forecast and practice safety.

WHAT IS IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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