Any Aucklander is well used to the rain, and seasoned site managers know the added risks to staff and property that wet weather can bring. Days spent in the rain can bring Health and Safety complacency and we all need reminders sometimes of all the little things to think about; especially with younger staff on site. So, here are some tips for keeping your site safe in wet weather.

Create a Weather Management Plan

Identify worse case scenarios, educate on early risk minimisation and create clear action plans with sources for required equipment (like water pumps, fans and dehumidifiers).

Use Anti-Slip Mats

Get a bunch of the heavy-duty rubber mats with thick mesh that let the rain and mud sink through. On busy walkways, these mats will not only reduce the risk of slips and falls but also help productivity by keeping movement fast and easy.

Offer a Dry Space

Consider providing a heater for staff to warm up and even a clothes dryer on site to dry soaked gear over break time. Cold-induced illness over winter months can hit productivity hard. A dry space could make a difference to the health and morale of your staff.

Rotate Your Staff

It’s not always possible, but look to rotate staff on rainy days so that no one has to deal with the wet and cold all day.

Throw Up a Tarp

Portable rain covers come in all shapes and sizes. It takes some preparation but taking the rain off your crew and protecting gear can payback in greater productivity. Rain covers over excavation holes are also a heck of a lot easier and cheaper than pumping the water out after rain.

Get Some Help with Waste

Waste on a wet construction site.

Junk Run was recently called in to remove waste from a site on the North Shore of Auckland. Home renovations were underway installing a new kitchen, bathroom and carport. This was during a week-long torrential downpour. The builder had been using a skip bin company previously but got sick of being soaked in the rain and humping rubbish over the slippery ground to fill a skip. A lack of space, a skip bin full of rainwater and flying debris was the limit for him.

  • All the gib and plasterboard had swelled up and spilt all over the surrounding areas.
  • The roofing iron cut-offs and plastic packaging were flying around in the wind in the yard (very high risk of injury).
  • A white paste mixed with wet sweepings was all over the lawn.
  • The MDF kitchen bench had swelled, rendering it completely useless.
  • The skip bin truck had destroyed the verge of the grass, whilst attempting to pick it up.

Mixed builders waste in the rain.

Much of the waste being removed was reusable, especially the bath, kitchen units, fixtures and fittings and what couldn’t be reused was definitely recyclable. But this waste was destined for landfill especially after being ruined by the rain. That, along with the obvious health and safety risks, caused the main contractor to rethink efficiencies and safety for the rest of this project and on future sites.

Junk Run came in for the remainder of this project; keeping the builders dry and at work on a clean and safe site. With no handling of awkward waste, the builders got on with building. Eliminating the risks of injury whilst attempting to fill a skip bin. The builders could now also park alongside the job which meant they didn’t need to walk backwards and forwards to the road to get tools.

We collected the mess left behind, without driving all over the grass. We sorted, separated and loaded the waste into the trucks. The best thing is, we managed to rescue the bath and other materials that hadn’t yet been removed. We put these materials back into a community housing project and delivered the recyclables to recycling facilities.

Leave the waste for the waste experts and the building to the builders. We sort, separate, load and sustainably dispose, diverting waste away from landfill whenever possible.

No Management required!  Just one phone call to Dave on 021 586 551 to discuss your next project.