The rainy season has arrived in the eastern parts of South Africa, and with it has brought all sorts of challenges for the construction industry. Instead of the usual, occasional shower of afternoon rain, the summer days have so far been filled with wet conditions and that has led to ground turning to mud in most areas in and around Nelspruit.

Naturally, this means most construction sites are now mud pools and this has made working with plant hire equipment a little trickier than it would otherwise need to be.

Plant hire equipment, in even the best kind of conditions, needs to be handled with care and expertise. These machines require vigorous safety standards to be in place at the best of times so you can only imagine that when the ground is soaked through there might be a few more considerations that you should make in order to further ensure that your construction team remains safe when working.

At Fast Pulse, we are safety conscious and we like to make sure that our clients enjoy not only the best possible service and machinery that is kept up to date and in a perfect condition, but we also like to make sure that those using our equipment have all of the advice they could need. While we have shared general safety tips in the past, in our latest blog, we are talking about how to work in the rain with fewer concerns.

Weatherproofing Construction Sites

In our warm wet summers, you not only have to consider how to keep going in the rain but also how to keep the site moving when it is hot and humid. So not only do you need the right equipment, but you also need to make sure staff stay well hydrated.

  1. PPE is a Must

While this is not something that relates to plant hire equipment, it is something to keep in mind anyway, because you need your team to feel safe and comfortable when working with the equipment. This is where personal protection equipment, or PPE, comes in.

Things like insulated safety boots, the type that won’t slip easily when walking on soggy ground, waterproof gloves that are able to grip well, and waterproof jackets, all come in handy.

  1. Slippery surfaces

Before driving plant hire equipment into the mud and getting stuck, it is so important that you first have a close look at the ground and perhaps prod it to see how secure the surface is. Getting stuck with such large equipment is not just time wasting but it is also rather dangerous, if people are trying to maneuver the machine out.

  1. Check the weather forecast

You can pre-emptively save the day by checking the weather forecast before you head out with machinery. If a rainy day is predicated, instead of trying to make things work, it would be best to plan your day’s work around the weather rather than trying to work in the less than ideal conditions.