Rainfall Shutdown Procedures – Overview for Licensees


Hazardous geotechnical processes are more likely to occur under some environmental conditions than others. Specifically, many mass movement processes, such as landslides and debris flows, occur when the ground is unusually wet, and slope instability is elevated. As part of their duty to ensure worker safety, Licensees have responsibilities to make sure workers are aware of the risks and have a plan to respond. One might ask why a Rainfall Shutdown Procedure is necessary now, if one has not been needed in the past. In a world of changing weather, think of it as a seat belt. As a safe driver, you may have never needed it to save your life, but when the unexpected happens, you sure appreciate you have it. Having a simple process to monitor rainfall and to train crews in recognizing when conditions are changing for the worse can save lives. Read more here.

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