In the Philippines, the rainy season typically starts in June and lasts until November. In this period, the country experiences a significant increase in rainfall, especially as it quickly transitions from the summer months to the country’s wet season. We also expect tropical storms and typhoons to enter the Philippines’ area of responsibility around the rainy season, which makes it very important for Filipinos to prepare and protect themselves and their properties from the threats of heavy rain.
When it comes to home construction during the rainy season, it is very important to prioritize the safety of the workers and anybody who is present in and around the site. Apart from that, the progress of the construction should also be protected to not have the storms result in structural and material damage that can cause multitudes of problems.
As the rainy season is upon us once again, we must prioritize our safety and the protection of the building under construction. In this article, we will discuss some of the most essential safety tips to consider when it comes to managing a home construction project during the rainy season.
Ensure Site Safety
Ensuring the safety of construction professionals should always be prioritized above all else, even if it is not the rainy season. Structural damage can be fixed and delays in progress can always be adjusted, but injuries and other physical hazards that can harm a worker on the construction site are things that should not be taken as lightly. When managing a home construction during the rainy season, it is important to ensure the safety of the site, for everybody involved, including the workers, the managers, and even the pedestrians who will be using the area around the construction site.
Site Safety Training
Responsible construction site management includes having the construction professionals undergo a series of training and safety briefings on what to do during various weather conditions, including unprecedented, harsh weather events. Everybody working on the site should be aware of the possible safety risks associated with the rainy season and what precautions to observe to reduce the threat to their safety.
Provide Personal Protective Gears
In addition to this, workers should also be provided with complete and appropriate personal protective equipment. For the rainy season, proper hand and footwear should be provided to ensure the safety of the workers while on site. Above all else, a project head should be able to know when to completely halt the operations if the weather condition is simply not safe for work anymore.
Prepare The Site
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Proper site evaluation and preparation should always be done before starting the home construction project.
Install A Drainage System
Drainage systems should be prepared and installed and both the workers and the project managers should make sure that these drainage systems are working and not prone to being blocked by debris. This is to ensure that both the workers and the existing building structure will not experience flooding on the site.
Provide Proper Material And Equipment Storage
Proper storage of materials and equipment during construction should always be observed, and this is emphasized during the rainy season. While a lot of construction equipment is designed to resist water, some materials and equipment are not, which makes it important for them to have safe and dry storage during the rainy season.
Observe Electrical Safety
In addition to this, all electrical systems installed should also be safe from water exposure. Proper grounding should always be ensured and we should always protect all electrical connections from harsh weather conditions. To guarantee that all the electrical systems installed on the construction site are safe, it is important to hire experienced professionals who will install and conduct periodic inspections.
The Importance Of Observing Safety Precautions In Home Construction Sites
Observing safety precautions in all construction sites is important and home projects are not an exclusion. The challenges of managing a construction site are especially emphasized during the rainy season when the weather can pose various risks to both the workers and the structural integrity of the house. To make sure that nothing will go askew during the rainy season, it is important to observe all safety precautions and guidelines so that the project can continue as smoothly as possible.
- Armstrong, L. (2018, September 27). 5 Safety Tips For Managing Construction During a Rainy Season. Restoration Master Finder. Retrieved July 19, 2023, from https://restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/construction-during-rainy-season/