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Emergency Weather: 5 Tips for Contractors

With the 2018 fall season here, the time for contractors to prepare for emergency weather situations is now. Weather can disrupt and hurt recovery efforts on your projects. Heavy rain and winds, surges in demand for labor and materials, and job site hazards in storm-damaged areas can create dangerous and expensive risks for contractors.

Minimize your risks with these five tips:

  1. Identify the potential for flooding. Take steps to prevent on-site flooding, including installing drainage systems, moving large equipment and waiting to install finished products until the building is watertight.
  2. Protect your cranes. Lower any cranes before weather events, if possible. Consult with the manufacturer or a professional engineer regarding how to best lower and secure cranes.
  3. Create an employee communications plan. Devise an action plan with a list of contact information and a log of on-site workers so you can account for everyone if a storm hits.
  4. Check your business continuity plan. Make sure employees understand their roles, and regularly review, update and test your continuity plan for business disruption.
  5. Review your insurance coverage. Make sure your business is adequately protected with an insurance carrier or broker.

Before agreeing to a contract, weigh the risks and assess if a project will be affected. Also, consider your qualified staff and if they’re able to handle the work post-storm, as well as the materials needed to complete the job. If you would like someone to look over the coverage for your projects, contact our construction team.