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Weather and Vineyard Construction

The changing weather patterns in our world, is causing construction companies to reevaluate how they build. Before, the need to have buildings that could withstand 100 + mile per hour winds was isolated to Southern Coastal locations. Even then, the number of storms with that magnitude were few and far between. Now, each hurricane season brings more and more storms that not only threatened the southern Atlantic region, but are also heading up the golf and to Louisiana and Texas. Whereas before construction companies would just recommend insurance for homeowners to Rally against such situations, now it is important for them to take on the burden of circumstances themselves. Vineyards are more prone to damage because of the fragile nature of the the grapevines.

vinyard barn damage

New construction needs to take in effect the change in the climate and the growing magnitude of each season’s storms. Insurance companies are also looking at these factors as well when deciding on offering coverage to a new or existing buildings and crop land. Especially with a new construction project, they want to make sure that every measure was taken to provide the safest structure possible before they will offer their services. They are taking on a Financial Risk and are not as likely to be a partner to such collaborations if the building’s Foundation is not sound. Because then it just becomes a matter of time before some devastation hits. All parties involved ; the owners, the construction company, and the insurance companies want to make sure they all safety measures have been put in place. Climate change comes in many forms. There is of course the Hurricanes that come out of the Atlantic and the Gulf that are looked at the most. But extreme winters can also destroy a vineyards yield.

insurance inspection

They bring wind damage and flooding that are the primary worry of the residents there. But the Midwest is also facing similar struggles. The number of tornadoes has risen sharply and the past decade. Tornadoes are fast and furious and can do untold amounts of damage in a very short period of time. With the frequency of these events increasing Builders want to make sure that they craftsmanship going into their structures is of the utmost quality. The days of rolling the dice with the weather are over, and the need for safety needs to be at the top of everyone’s list.

Equipment Safety

Machinery Monitoring

The close monitoring of all your buildings equipment is of the most importance. People take for granted the machines that they use everyday whether it be in an office or even on a construction site. Everyone feels that they are safe and working up to code, until something goes wrong. Most large companies have routine safety check lists which must be completed and signed off on. The sad thing is many of these procedures are done half-halfheartedly just to get it out of the way. That leaves everyone in the structure vulnerable to a wide number of safety problems. It only takes a few minutes to go over the manufacturers spec sheet and verify that all of the components or working properly. Many companies assign one specific person for this task, and budget the time and they’re weak for them to be completed properly. Let’s look at some of these potential issues and see how they could impact well being of your workflow and space. Now, this article has little to do with wineries, but every business runs offices and storage spaces, so information about equipment safety is always important.

machine inspection

One common machine mini large offices have is a laser printer. These are usually maintained by Xerox or Canon, so the people that use them don’t pay much attention to the status of the machine. Laser Printers can run it almost 300 degrees and have been known to catch on fire when there is excess paper left jammed in side. The main component that creates all of the heat is called a fuser. If a piece of paper gets stuck in the corner of this component under the right conditions could cause a fire. Most people make their copies and just walk away without making sure everything is okay before they leave. Most machines have heavy-duty cording which can become worn and leave wires exposed over a long period of time. Just one spark from exposed wiring could cause a serious fire as well as electrocute anyone who bumps up against it. It is crucial that every office building we’re working structure has proper lockout tagout equipment. These are tools that will secure a faulty machine and warn anyone against using it until it is repaired. The cord is put inside a heavy Fireproof bag and then locked shut.

printer troubleshooting

Therefore making it impossible to plug in and try to use. These bags are usually bright red or orange and have warning labels all over them. They should also have a tag that is signed by the person who placed it along with the information on why it is out of service. In our busy everyday lives we don’t think about things like this until something happens and someone gets hurt. So what is always best to make sure all your buildings equipment is up to code and is checked once a month.