Working in the rain
The potential hazards present on a worksite
can be exacerbated during inclement
conditions such as rain. Working in the rain
can cause slippery surfaces and limited
The potential hazards present on a worksite can
be exacerbated during inclement conditions
such as rain. Working in the rain can cause
slippery surfaces and limited visibility.
30 minutes of risk , a whole day of
caution safety conditions
• Given the soaring level of occupational hazards in
the construction as well as environmental
construction industry during normal weather,
wet and rainy weather is bound to dramatically
increase the risk of accidents. A good spell of rain
lasting only 30 minutes is enough to create
several puddles and make the ground slippery
rendering it unstable. All the mud and slush can
seriously jeopardize health and safety of Oilfield
The rain may stop but more risks begin
Seems simple right then why are
people hurt at work
• Use the correct equipment. Do not use
electrical tools and equipment that are not
specifically rated for outdoor use when
working in the rain. Select hand tools with
textured, nonslip grip handles.
• Wear proper footwear with a deep tread to
prevent slipping. In the rain, be sure your pant
leg lies over your boot or shoe. Tucking your
pants into footwear can cause water to enter.
• Advocate the benefits of eating healthy,
especially on wet cold days.
• Pay attention to weather induced medical
conditions and place affected employees in
accordance with their doctor's advice.
• Adequately train workers so they become
adept at recognizing weather related hazards
and can work suitably.
• Wear appropriate rain gear that includes
both pants and a coat. Be sure the material is
ventilated so it can be worn comfortably for
extended periods. If it is cold, select wool or
synthetic materials that insulate even when
wet. Be certain clothing fits properly so it does
not interfere with movement.
• Use proper hand protection that features a
strong, slip-proof grip. Make sure gloves are
adequately tight and long enough to allow
your rain coat sleeve to prevent water from
• Ensure adequate vision. If you wear glasses or
goggles, use anti-fog spray or wipes on them
before going outside. Wear a hood or hat to
keep rain out of your eyes. Because a hood
narrows your range of vision, be sure to look
both ways when wearing one. When working
at night, make sure lighting is adequate and
the lights used are rated for outdoor use
Whoa! Where did he come from?
• Make sure you can be seen. Wear high-
visibility clothing, especially in areas with
vehicle traffic and heavy machinery. Do not
wear rain gear or vests that have become dull
or are no longer reflective.
Not always possible
• Reorganize work so employees can be in dry
sheltered areas. Halt outdoor risky activities until
the weather clears. It may be necessary to erect
interim shelters during such times. Consider
arranging a covered area where workers can
change their wet clothes and hang them to dry.
Warm shelters may be needed if it gets too cold.
As it is, government regulations require all
employers including construction companies to
avoid engaging their employees in unwarranted
dangerous work situations.
Protect the Area like the Worker
• Arrange for extra water pumps to avoid
flooding. Ensuring good drainage at
construction site prevents flooding.
• Place appropriate warning signs and cones,
especially near potholes, excavated areas,
electrical transformers and incomplete
Don’t Rain Check on Safety
It may, therefore, be tempting for workers to
want to get stuck into a job as quickly as
possible on those rare sunny days, but under
such circumstances, it is essential that health
and safety isn’t relegated to second place in the
race to get the job done - particularly when it
comes to working at height.