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WIND DAMAGE - Sharing Best Practice...

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  • 1. Health, Safety and Environment SIMS awaitingWeekly Safety Review 25 First Aid Recordable Managers Comments No. injuries ytd 1 0 Injury rate ytd 0 0 No. days worked since last 231 Injury Performance Issue Date : 24 / 1 / 2012 OSHA recordable (30/5/11) INJURY No. days worked since last 231 FREE RIDDOR injury (30/5/11) WEEKThe lull before the (next) storm ? 2There have been a number of wind damage related issues reported at work in thefirst few weeks of the year. You may have suffered similar damage at home.This knowledge should prompt us into a number of actions/activities.Have we ………• Routine area inspections scheduled – Proactive• Carried out inspections in our areas following high winds - Reactive• Put adequate controls in place where we have found damage - Reactive• Arranged for appropriate repairs to be carried out - Reactive• Made arrangements to ensure inspections are carried out again following the next bout of high winds - ProactivePlanning work …. When we are planning tasks or activities there is a need to take the weather, and wind in particular, into account. We can utilise long range weather forecasts to help with this planning. For tasks like use of a hired crane this may appear obvious - but don‟t forget to consider the removal of small items such as a machine guard or covers or anything that can act as a „sail‟ . These still need to be considered to avoid loss, damage or injury …. e.g. - Doors / access panels should be securely closed following any work eg. access doors to buildings, coal conveyor accesses etc - Items removed should be stored securely so they can‟t blow away and cause damage ( remember the lifting ‟A‟ frame at the air compressor station ?) - Be particularly aware of doors / covers on equipment (injury to one of our employees was caused in 2010 by a cover being blown onto the side of his head). - When working at height ensure that all debris/waste is removed at the end of the work period. - Maintenance items left at height must be secured against being blown away - We all need to be mindful of vehicle doors and the foreseeable consequences of the wind blowing the door from our grasp.
  • 2. Office workers ……Just because office workers are not “out on plant”, this does not removethe need for them to be aware of the hazards posed by wind, and theyalso should be aware and take appropriate precautions, such as ……  Be particularly mindful of car doors being blown by the wind – either onto your own hand or another car.  Make sure office windows and doors are secured at the end of each working day / shift  Make sure windows in meeting rooms and common areas are secured as you leave them – they may not be used again that dayMaintaining our alertness and proactivity in this way will help to preventinjuries, water ingress, as well as wind and other damage, and will alsoimprove security for our assets and personal property. When planning activities, if the Long Range Weather Forecast identifies a probable wind speed, the chart above identifies what reaction the wind causes. Sembcorp do not allow outside roof work above 20 mph wind speed.