That’s something two men in northwest Iowa learned today. Workers at a construction site became trapped after the structure in the image to the left collapsed. The cause? Strong winds. It happened around 10:30 Wednesday Morning in Rockwell City. You can see how the building came down in this picture taken by the Graphic Advocate in Rockwell City.
Fortunately there’s no indication the two workers suffered life-threatening injuries, but it serves as a valuable reminder. Winds at the time of the collapse were gusting over 30mph. While that doesn’t sound serious, it can be a problem if you’re working on a structure like this.
Often times, depending on the conditions, winds can reach hurricane force levels without a cloud in the sky. That, of course, is extremely rare in Iowa but wind gusts occasionally do reach 40-55mph in the state. Just a reminder that there are things to watch out for even on a beautiful sunny day like today.