Working in Wet Weather
While April showers may bring May flowers, they also bring wet, soggy and cold working conditions for those who have to work outside, not to mention safety hazards: slippery surfaces, slippery tools, lightning strikes, electrical hazards; all of these things are potential disasters. So while we all hope for better May weather, let’s take some time to remember some common safe practices for working in wet weather:
- Although working outside can’t always be avoided in poor weather conditions, try planning ahead so that you have tasks that can be completed indoors. Pay close attention to weather reports in order to help you plan ahead.
- Plan ahead for site drainage and/or pumps to ensure the site dries out quickly after wet weather ends.
- To minimize slipping hazards, check all treads (steps, ladders, trucks, etc.) before wet weather occurs to be sure they are in good condition.
- Make sure all electrical equipment is kept out of the water.
- Minimize the work that has to be done at heights. If height work is necessary, use fall protection, take your time and be extra cautious.
- Be extra cautious when driving around the jobsite. Avoid driving near trenches, excavations or spoil piles.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Watch foot placement and keep an eye out for falling objects, slipping equipment, etc.
- Set up tarps to provide temporary shelter from the weather.
- Wear waterproof clothing, including shoes or boots that have slip-resistant soles. Always wear your hardhat!
- Do not continue work in trenches or excavations until a competent person has deemed it safe.
- If lightning is imminent, seek shelter immediately.
- If the wet weather is accompanied by wind, be sure loose items or structures are tied down or braced.
This information is provided as a service to you by Compliance Consultants, Inc.