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Do you know how to work safely in wet weather?

Depending on your profession, there could come a point when you find yourself working in wet weather. While there is nothing wrong with working in the rain – especially if your job calls for it – there are things you need to do in order to remain safe.

Here are some of the most common safety practices for working in wet conditions:

  • Plan ahead to ensure that you have the proper equipment
  • Minimize slipping hazards, such as by making sure the treads are in good condition on all ladders and steps
  • Be sure to keep all electrical components away from the water
  • Minimize work that needs to be completed at height
  • Be extra careful when driving, as vehicles may not be able to get good traction
  • Setup temporary shelters, as these can help keep tools dry
  • Don't work in trenches if the wet weather has increased the likelihood of a collapse
  • Seek shelter if lightning is in the area
  • Beware of high winds that often accompany heavy rain

These are just a few of the many things you can do to work safely in wet weather. By taking these steps, you'll find it easier to avoid an accident.

If you are injured on the job, possibly due to an accident caused by the rain, don't wait to receive medical attention. You should then focus on your treatment strategy and how your injury will impact your ability to work. If you're unable to return to your job in the near future, you may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Source: Compliance Consultants, Inc., "Working in Wet Weather," accessed July 13, 2017

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