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Gary Coleman, CHST, CSP, CUSP, OHST, STSC

Preventing Worker Injury and Damage to Vehicle and Equipment Doors in High Wind Conditions

It will soon be that time of year when wind speeds increase all across the U.S. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wind speeds typically increase in January, peak throughout March and April, and decrease during the summer months. The increase in wind speeds creates high wind conditions that, if not properly planned for, can potentially result in worker injury and equipment damage on job sites.

Defining High Wind Conditions
High wind conditions are often a result of straight-line winds and are different from high winds caused by a tornado. Straight-line winds can occur any time of day or night, during thunderstorms or on perfectly sunny days. These types of winds are typically sustained winds from 10 to 40 mph that can suddenly gust up to 50 mph or more at any moment.

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Guest — Mike Starner
I would add that aerial lifts have limitations in high winds. Utility companies should work with the manufacturer to identify a wi... Read More
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 06:54
Guest — Jason Wilson
I agree Mike. That would be a great addition to this article.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:16
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