Winter conditions like cold air, freezing temps, and slick surfaces from snow and ice can make for interesting added safety hazards to any construction job site.
Here are a few areas to think about and prepare for during the winter season:
- Dress warmly!
- Drink warm beverages and keep yourself hydrated.
- Take frequent short breaks in warm, dry areas.
- Keep extra clothing handy in case your clothes get wet.
- Try to schedule work for the warmest part of the day.
- Work in pairs so each can recognize any danger signs in the other.
- Stay dry. Even moisture from sweating can increase heat loss from the body.
In addition to taking care of yourself and dressing for the weather, other winter hazards must be considered and managed appropriately.
- SNOW REMOVAL - Make sure lifts, ladders, and scaffolding are deiced before use. Clear snow from doorways and walkways. Shoveling snow as it falls is easier and lighter than later after it has fallen for a while. Work in pairs to reduce strain.
- SLIPS & FALLS - Walk slower and pay attention to your surroundings. Proper footwear is important! Safety boots with non-slip tread or traction cleats will help prevent you from slipping.
- WINTER DRIVING - Perform regular maintenance on vehicles and allow them to warm up before use. Clear any roads around the site, adding traffic cones and proper safety signage as needed.
To further maximize safety precautions on your job site, be sure to coordinate with Helmkamp's Safety Director. Stay warm and safe out there!