Disaster Clean-up Strategy for Construction

Source : The National Guard

The recent Hurricane Sandy which hit the American East Coast prompted major clean-up efforts in that part of the world. It is interesting to see how construction crews will handle the clean-up operations on their sites but there is a lesson to be learned for construction crews around the world to be prepared for unexpected natural disasters, especially as climate change continues to wreak havoc on our weather.

These are some of the tips for Clean-up after a natural disaster:

  • Before using unfamiliar machinery read the operator’s manual carefully and make sure you understand the instructions.
  • Check your equipment because it may have been damaged in the incident.
  • Make sure you are aware of power line locations at all times especially those overhead. Never work around fallen power lines.
  • Use extreme caution when working around trees that may have fallen due to the weather. The tension stored in a fallen tree can have substantial force which can be released when the wood is cut.
  • Always wear personal protective equipment including a protective helmet, hearing protection, goggles and gloves when operating a chain saw or other outdoor power equipment that may be needed.
  • Cleaning up a mess on site can be exhausting especially if there is substantial damage. Workers should over work themselves because fatigue may cause you to overlook things or take a risky shortcut which could compromise your safety.