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BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
NEWS OF THE DEVASTATION MOTHER NATURE delivered to Oklahoma recently
reminds us of the dangers that tornadoes pose. And, as spring turns to summer, Atlantic
and Gulf Coast states begin to brace for hurricane season. But Mother Nature’s work is
neither seasonal nor selective. Construction professionals across the U.S. must always be
prepared for what she might unleash. Even in my corner of the country, where weather
conditions are mild, she recently shook the ground and rattled the windows, like a tap on
our shoulders, reminding us she’s always nearby. Emergency preparedness is important
and requires planning. Constructor asked industry experts to share their insights on
keeping sites, employees and equipment safe when forces uncontrollable come to call.
You will ﬁ nd that article on Page 68.
And, while we know to keep a watchful eye when hurricanes and tornadoes are
imminent, we must also remember that Mother Nature lurks around corners, under cover
and in disguise, and often takes those unprepared by surprise. Where I live, summertime heat can be a hidden danger. Heat stroke is sometimes unrecognizable at ﬁ rst but
can be very serious. Hydration and intermittent breaks are as critical to the safety of a
worker as an emergency preparedness plan is. Whether it be ﬁ re danger, heavy rains
or earthquakes, we must be mindful of Mother Nature’s capability.
For many, summer means vacation. You may be traveling to new places, camping
at a favorite spot, or enjoying backyard barbecues. Whatever your choice of relaxation
may be, it’s just as important to be watchful when you’re off the job as when you’re on.
A seemingly calm lake or inviting river can pose a serious threat to those not prepared
for its forces or who may lack the strength to swim to the other side. So go boating,
try water skiing or give surﬁ ng a whirl. But, whether it’s sunscreen, a life jacket, an
instructor, or a friend, take steps to ensure a safe and fun outing. A little bit of planning
goes a long way.
Whether you’re working or playing this summer, may you, your families, your employees, and your jobsites stay safe.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2013
Innovative Ideas Modernize 78-Year-Old Bridge
DeConstructing Social Media
Stand-Out Safety Program Earns Opp Construction Grand Award
2013 AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
2013 Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards
Money Isn't Everything
AGC in Action
Wall of Wind
Weathering the Storm
Green, Safe and Fast
Leading the Way
Summing it Up
Going Interstate? Go NASCLA.
Do the Math
Legislative and Regulatory News
2013 Regional Resource Guide
Member and Chapter News
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - July/August 2013