Watch out! A windy day could turn into a health and safety nightmare

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 08 Oct. 2014

Tags: workplace disasters, natural disasters, workplace emergencies, health and safety, health and safety emergency, wind disasters

Here in South Africa, we’re lucky that we don’t have to deal with many natural disasters. But this doesn’t mean you’re completely out of the woods.

SA, especially by the coast, often has extremely strong winds and these can seriously damage your workplace.

This can result in major damages and put your employee’s lives in danger.

Don’t believe me?

Read on to find out how an ordinary, windy SA day could turn into your worst health and safety nightmare, so you can prevent it…


That strong wind outside could cause a health and safety disaster

If your business has a tin roof, it’s possible for a strong wind to catch the overhang. On a mildly windy day, you can probably hear the roof straining against the tug of the wind.
If there’s an excessively strong wind though, it’s very possible that it could pull your roof right off.
This becomes a major emergency in seconds. It could expose live wires, cause bricks to come down and send a show of dirt and other debris into the air.
Any one of your employees could suffer a serious injury if something falls on them and the airborne debris could make them extremely sick.
You can prevent this disaster though just by doing this.
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Here’s what you should do to prevent strong winds from damaging your company 

To prevent this disaster, do regular structural checks and maintenance on your roof and ceiling. If your roof and roof beams aren’t secure, it’s easier for strong winds to lift them.
Check the condition of your roof at least once a year to ensure there are no structural problems.
This will ensure your company is always safe against those strong South African winds.
If you need help identifying risks such as structural problems we recommend you check out Risk Assessment Toolkit. It contains everything you need to assess the risks in your workplace.

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