FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2020
Safeguard employees working at heights, and equipment and materials in staging, hoisting and rigging
CAMBRIDGE, MA — WeatherBuild®, Decision Support Solutions for the Construction Industry and Built Environment®, is proud to announce the release of a series of best-in-class feature enhancements to its wind gust event forecast models and predictive analytics. Wind gusts are generally defined as rapid fluctuations in wind speed, which can jeopardize construction activities and maintenance operations such as work from mobile cranes or from aerial platforms. During wind gusts, variations between peaks and lulls are greater than 10 knots or about 11.5 miles per hour (mph). Wind gust events put outdoor work crews at risk — endangering employees working at heights and destabilizing equipment and materials in staging, hoisting and rigging.
Industry’s ability to mitigate hazards will be improved by embracing the latest technological innovations
Across the construction industry and for crane operations, the New York City Crane Technical Working Group recommends that the “…industry’s ability to mitigate hazards will be improved by embracing the latest technological innovations…” — WeatherBuild is a leader in technological innovations for weather enabled decision support and weather safety. Further, the New York City Crane Technical Working Group advocates “pinpoint forecasting” as a critical planning tool, and not relying on free apps, generic services, and public sources such as National Weather Service forecasts issued a regional level.
New York City Department of Buildings — Engage a private service with pinpoint forecasting
In summary, the New York City Crane Technical Working Group recommends “…that the Department (New York City Department of Buildings, NYC DOB) mandate that contractors at large job-sites, or where utilizing a crane with a long boom / jib combination, engage a private metrological service to provide pinpoint forecasting… as wind conditions can vary across the city… Technology is increasingly able to merge regional forecasts and block-by-block (hyper-local and site-specific) topology to provide job-site specific forecasts.” Accordingly, WeatherBuild offers hyper-local weather risk reports with site-specific insights.
(Source: Boyce, Mary C., et al. “New York City 2016 Crane Technical Working Group Report.” New York City Crane Safety Technical Working Group, New York City Crane Safety Technical Working Group, 2016, www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/crane_tech_working_group_report.pdf.)
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