Construction Safety Tips for Winter
The construction industry comes with a number of safety hazards, and winter specifically brings its own unique challenges. In addition to the general safe work practices required by the industry, consider following the additional safety tips once the temperature starts to drop.
All employees should be educated about monitoring the symptoms of cold stress, such as hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot. Employees and coworkers are also responsible for monitoring the physical condition of their coworkers. For instance, if you notice someone is
- lacking coordination
- slurring or mumbling
Contact emergency help immediately.
When temperatures are extremely low, it is important to schedule frequent breaks or break larger projects into smaller tasks. A warm area should be provided for use during break periods. Additionally, you can schedule the bulk of outdoor work in the afternoon, during the warmest part of the day.
Employers should require all workers to wear proper gear when on the job. OSHA recommends wearing at least three layers of loose-fitting clothing to prevent cold stress. Avoid tight clothing as it can reduce blood circulation to the extremities. In addition to layers, we recommend wearing:
- Hard Hat with Liner
- Insulated Gloves
- Knit Mask
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof Boots
Clear Snow and Ice
Each day before work is started, ensure that all snow and ice is removed from the site. A supervisor should inspect and approve the site before work is resumed. More tips to prevent slips on snow and ice include
- Wearing footwear with good traction
- Take short steps
- Walk at a slow pace
- Use salt or sand to melt ice
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