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Top Tips For Preparing A Construction Site For Heavy Rain

Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by Admin

It is estimated that every year a staggering 45% of construction projects are disrupted as a result of bad weather on a global scale. Unfortunately, here in the UK, much of the bad weather that we suffer can cause havoc with building projects is heavy rain. This havoc can result from a lack of preparedness on the construction site, creating safety risks for those who work there, and causing delays in completing each stage of the project to the relevant timescales. Ultimately, it could end up costing construction companies millions of pounds in the long run.

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What are the risks of heavy rain?

Heavy rainfall is not just unpleasant to work in, on a construction site it can cause some significant risks not only to the project that you are working on but also to your employees. These risks include:

  • Deep patches of mud can make moving site machinery difficult
  • Areas of heavy flooding can make some aspects of building work, such as making foundations, impossible
  • Excess moisture can get into building materials
  • Heavy rain can make your construction workers cold and wet. This can impair judgement and reduce reaction times

Whilst we can’t change the weather, it is possible to be better prepared for heavy rain on your construction site. With that in mind, here are some top tips that can help you to do that.

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Create a plan

Ensure that you have a detailed plan for dealing with any type of bad weather, from cold weather to high winds, strong rains to severe heat. This will help to ensure that you have undertaken as many steps as necessary to prepare your site and your employees for bad weather.

Welfare cabins

Essential on any construction site, whether large or small, welfare cabins provide an indoor space for your employees to get out of the wet and have a hot drink, a hot meal, and even change out of their wet clothes. Consider a welfare unit that includes a drying space so that wet clothing and boots can be dried.

In addition to a welfare cabin, you should also ensure you provide adequate toilet facilities with hot running water; this may include a shower but is not essential. A good construction site hire company will be able to advise you on the best options for your site.

Secure materials

Heavy rains often occur as part of a storm, so it is also important to guard against the damage that can be caused by high winds. This means that you should have plans in place for securing any things that could move around your construction sites during high winds and have the potential to cause damage or injury. This might be loose building materials or even those items that you have placed in an onsite skip.

Don’t forget to secure smaller items as well. Whilst they may not be heavy, they still have the potential to hurt someone if picked up by a strong wind.

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Plan for delays

One of the worst things when you are working to tight deadlines is wondering how you will catch up in the event of a problem. When you create your plan to deal with bad weather, make sure that it includes ways to catch up once the bad weather has passed. This will help you to get things back on track and will help to make sure that you do not cut corners when making sure that your site is prepared.

Be weather aware

And finally, be aware of the weather conditions so that you can make adjustments as and when it is necessary to the work schedule for each day.

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