Mud Season Ahead: How to Keep your Job Site Clean and Safe


If there's one thing you can count on in New England in the spring and early summer, it's that it's going to get muddy. Unfortunately, mud can cause some serious problems, from material damage to slips and falls. It can also flow into sewer systems, gumming up the works, and create a visual blight on the neighborhood. Here are some tips you can implement on how to keep your job site cleaned up and safe even through the mud season.

Mud on Boots and Tools

The first steps in mud management involve not making it in the first place. Take the time to walk the site and add protective material in sensitive areas. If the drive into the job site involves gravel or dirt roads, consider placing geogrids to better distribute the load of the equipment and vehicles across more of the soil, preventing ruts from forming. Avoid doing grading work while the site is wet or when wet weather is expected shortly. Take steps to protect exposed soil from wind and water erosion.

If your equipment or vehicles gather mud in the tire treads and on the undercarriage, you'll want to remove it before leaving the job site. This prevents the mud from being deposited on the road, creating a nuisance and safety hazard for other drivers. One approach you can take is by creating a space where tires and the vehicle's undercarriage can be washed off before entering the highway. This can be as simple as a hose with a power nozzle to clean off the mud, brushes to scrub it off or similar options. If you do use water, make sure the clean-out area has good drainage available for the water to run off without creating more mud. If you still have mud entering the public roads, you may want to add a road sweeper to provide additional cleaning when necessary.

Mud on Construction Equipment

When you're dealing with foot traffic, some soils can become problematic with mud causing slip and fall accidents. Whether it's a patch of slick mud or mud building up in the treads of your worker's boots, slipping can cause serious injury, especially with heavy equipment and power tools in common use. Providing a boot brush for removing mud from boot treads, using metal grating to provide additional traction or laying down planks or geogrids to protect the soil and prevent the mud from forming in the first place are all excellent options to consider when figuring out a job site mud plan.

But what if, after all this work, you still get mud on the job site? Though these options would minimize the amount that forms, they can't completely eliminate the chance that you'll end up with mud regardless. Try to limit how many times materials are moved to reduce traffic and chance of the material getting muddy. Create a wash station to remove mud in a well-drained location. Use a stiff bristle brush to remove dried mud from surfaces.

Though the mud season is a pain, it doesn't have to be dangerous or any more dirty than necessary. If you need help finding materials or tools to keep your job site as clean and safe as possible, please feel free to contact us.

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