Hurricane Matthew’s shift west imposes additional requirements on property owners and contractors operating construction sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Under this severe weather advisory, the requirements are as follows:
- In Miami-Dade County: Loose objects (i.e., gardening supplies, display racks, toys, chairs, industrial supplies/materials) located outside of any residential, commercial, or industrial property should be stored in a building or structure or by bracing, bundling, or fastening the loose object to a fixed structure to prevent the object from becoming windborne.
- In Broward County: the Building Official will issue orders mandating that loose objects must be lashed to a rigid construction or stored in a building to prevent objects from becoming windborne.
Counties are advised to follow official reports and directions regarding weather warnings and safety. Property owners and contractors that fail to secure loose objects and materials as directed, will be subject to fines and liabilities for damage and injuries caused by unsecured loose objects.
Hurricanes are an unfortunate reality of construction in Florida, but a plan can lessen the damage and keep everyone safe. For more advice on preparing your construction site for a hurricane, contact the construction attorneys at Trent Cotney P.A. at 813.579.3278.