Keeping your workers safe should be a priority at all times, but it can be more of a challenge when the elements are against you.
Working in a cyclone-prone area can lead to a number of weather-related health and safety issues that you just don’t find anywhere else. As well as your workers, your property can suffer devastating damage in the event of a cyclone, which means you need to take steps to reduce the risks.
Safe work areas
Protecting your workers from the elements is essential in a cyclone-prone area. Not only can interference from adverse weather halt productivity, it can lead to a dangerous working environment, especially for workers who are exposed or who have to work in an unsuitable shelter. With the right protection, your workers can continue to work during all weather, and you can be sure they are safe and protected even during severe storms.
A safe working area should protect your workers from the elements, whether they’re battling the heat, cold, sun, wind, rain or anything else. Cyclone-prone areas can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for anything. Choose a container shelter with a wind rating suitable for the area, and one that doesn’t need the covers to be removed during excessive wind.
You need to ensure you have an emergency plan in place, in the event that you need to evacuate your workers at short notice due to a cyclone. Ensure that all your workers know the plan and that it is practiced, so in the event of an emergency, workers know the procedure for getting to a safe place.
Protecting your property
Damage to property during a cyclone can be extreme. Unsecured items can be moved around and can even turn into dangerous projectiles. Water damage can affect machinery and goods, and high winds can create chaos wherever they hit. As well as the danger of a cyclone, torrential rains can lead to flooding, which can cause extensive damage to your property from the ground up.
Even when flooding doesn’t take place, leaks and drips are common in buildings in cyclone-prone areas, especially those that are built with screws penetrating the roof. These screws can rot and corrode which can then let moisture inside, damaging property and equipment. If you are serious about keeping your property protected from water damage, it’s best to use a shelter that has parts that are welded rather than screwed together, to minimise the risk of leakage.
It’s essential that any machinery you have is protected from the elements, especially the wind and the rain. Make sure you have a waterproof shelter for your equipment, and that it is fully enclosed and wind proof. If you are in a cyclone-prone area, ensure that your container shelter is rated appropriately.
Secure any loose items, especially if a storm is on the way, so that equipment and furniture don’t turn into dangerous projectiles when the wind is strong.
If you’re looking for an effective, safe way to protect your workers and property in a cyclone prone area, Allshelter can help. We have a number of different types of removable and permanent shelter options that are engineered for cyclone-prone areas. Call us today on 1800 90 8888 to find out more.