When a storm is on the horizon, construction professionals must be prepared. In this four-part article, the Jacksonville construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law are discussing hurricane preparedness. In the first part, we discussed developing a safety strategy to ensure you and your crew are prepared. In this section, we will cover some other tasks that need to be accomplished before a storm strikes.
The Right Materials
Along with developing a comprehensive safety plan, contractors also need to make certain that they have access to the necessary gear to ensure that their worksite is properly covered and secured. In order to avoid the herd of people heading to Home Depot at the last minute, every Florida-based contractor should have access to a large quantity of sand bags, garbage bags, duct tape, plywood, netting, wiring, hardware tools, generators, and other essential items. Having access to these essential items streamlines the hurricane preparation process. Lastly, all work trucks (and personal vehicles) should be fueled up and relocated to a safe location (parking garage, etc.).
Starting in the summer and running through November, contractors need to constantly track the most recent weather reports and latest storm developments. With smartphone applications, the most recent weather alerts are easily accessible and you can constantly see updates and relay this information to your workers. If there’s any chance that a storm pattern could head your way, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Be cautious and keep in mind that your workers will also have to take care of urgent issues away from the job site with their families like securing their home.
Before you can tackle each of the hurricane safety tasks for your construction site, you need to first document the work in progress. Pictures, reports, and tracking the inventory of equipment and materials is not only necessary, but it will also speed up the process of assessing the site after the storm has passed. Hopefully, your workplace will not need to file an insurance claim; however, it’s best to have this information prepared just in case you need it.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.