The construction industry brings many challenges, but the weather doesn't have to be one of them. Operating heavy machinery such as crane operations requires a bit of planning. Using weather trackers, especially for wind speed, can aid in operation as well as safety.
What are the best weather meters for construction and tracking wind speed? We recommend the Kestrel 1000 and Kestrel 2000. They provide accurate data down to the minute that's more reliable than what you'll find on your smartphone's weather app.
While there is no wind speed regulation for crane operation, one major concern with cranes is wind gusts. Strong and unpredictable, the power of wind is often underestimated which can turn crane operation dangerous quite quickly.
Wind presents direct and indirect issues with crane operations. Direct winds can impact the stability of the load, while indirect wind can cause the load to swing and potentially swing into structures or even people.
Two primary concerns for wind and crane operation is wind speed and wind gust. These two metrics can combine into the perfect storm of complications when using a crane.
Wind speed is simply the measurement of how fast the wind is blowing in MPH or knots. It can be affected by terrain and even large objects such as buildings.
Wind gusts generally last less than 20 seconds. These are reported when peak wind speed reaches 18 MPH and lulls at 10 MPH. Fun fact: the strongest wind gust ever recorded was 253 MPH, occurring during a cyclone in 1996.
Both Kestrel 1000 and Kestrel 2000 are ideal devices for measuring wind speed in the construction industry. They are extremely easy to use, requiring you to simply extend your arm for 30 seconds as the wind blows.
The devices have very sensitive impeller technology. This results in down-to-the-second accuracy that you can't get anywhere else.
When it comes to construction and crane operation, accuracy can save lives. The Kestrel 1000 and Kestrel 2000 can help you determine what wind speeds are safe for operation or wind gusts that are too dangerous for operation.
Kestrel is the go-to weather wind meter for countless industries, including construction. Join the countless tradesmen who rely on Kestrel 365 days per year.