Navigating the challenges of construction work is no easy feat, and when wet weather rolls in, completing projects gets even trickier. From slippery surfaces to limited visibility, inclement weather brings risks to the construction site. Rain, sleet, or snow, the project must go on, but that doesn't mean compromising on worker safety. In this article, we delve into three wet weather tips to keep your associates safe while working in inclement weather.

Wear the Right Work Safety Gear

Illness and hypothermia are significant hazards when working in rainy conditions. That's why workers need to wear the proper rain-weather gear. Clothing like ponchos, pants, jackets, and overalls should be waterproof to keep workers dry and warm. Boots with a deep, non-slip tread will prevent associates from slipping and falling while working in a wet environment for extended periods of time. Gloves with a non-slip grip should also be warm and rain-resistant so your crew can continue using their tools and hauling supplies in the rain. Rain hats are also helpful in protecting faces from rain. Clothing should be reflective, like wearing a reflective vest over weatherproof clothes. Rain cuts down on visibility, especially at night, and you want to ensure that drivers and heavy equipment operators can see your working crew. Finally, rain gear should be fitted so the range of motion isn't compromised. Working in the rain is hard enough, so you don't want your workers to feel even more uncomfortable.

Take Your Time

You may work on a tight production schedule or want your workers to escape the rain as quickly as possible. However, you want them to take their time with their work. Rain makes all surfaces and equipment slippery. The chances of falling and dropping equipment become substantially higher. That's why workers need to slow down, walk cautiously, and handle tools with care. They should take extra time climbing scaffolding and ladders, even when wearing slip-resistant boots. When working with power tools in inclement weather, triple-check to ensure they are in top working order. Speaking of equipment, not all power tools are meant to be used outside, let alone in the rain. Ensure the tools on the job site are rated for outdoor and rainy weather use.

Be Prepared

Before heading out to the job site, check the weather report, especially if it's rainy season. Weatherproof gear won't be helpful if your workers leave it at home. If the forecast calls for sporadic showers, remind your workers to take a change of weatherproof clothes, boots, and gloves to the job assignment.


Like you, we at Labor Finders take worker safety seriously. We provide our associates with the necessary equipment and resources to work safely on the job site. Click here to learn more about our staffing agency services.




David Zolnowski is the Risk Management Director for Labor Finders International 


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