Construction is a dangerous profession by nature, and the risks of the
job can become more significant in the winter. The presence of ice, snow,
and cold air can endanger construction workers. Supervisors and their
employees should take extra precautions during winter to prevent on-the-job injuries.
Prepare for Your Workday
Winter workplace safety starts before your shift. When you are getting
ready to leave for work, check the weather to know what kind of conditions
you should expect. Based on how the weather is going to be that day, you
can prepare by bringing along the equipment you will need and dressing
properly. For outdoor work in the winter, you should wear several layers,
including a heavy coat, gloves, hats, thick socks, boots, and clothing
made of thick fabrics. If you establish your own hours, limit your time
outside to protect yourself from the effects of cold exposure, such as
Limit Snow on Ice on the Jobsite
Snow and ice can contribute to slip and fall accidents and other injuries.
If possible, you should attempt to clear snow and ice from your work area.
For surfaces that could get icy, pour salt on them to limit slipperiness.
In addition to job site safety precautions, work vehicle safety is equally
important. All work vehicles should be outfitted for the winter, with
parts such as snow tires, quality windshield wipers, and bright headlights.
You should also keep a winter tool kit in your work vehicle, which could
include an ice scraper, shovel, and flashlight.
As a construction site supervisor, it is your responsibility to keep your
workers safe. Jobsite supervisors should work to educate their workers
on the potential risks of injury during the winter and limit those risks
on the site. Tell your employees about the possibility of hypothermia
or injury and provide them with clothing and equipment that can protect
them. You will also need to clear the job site to make it as safe as possible.
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