Construction doesn’t take a break in the winter. When we manage a construction site during the winter there are additional hazards that winter throws at us. This means we have to take extra safety precautions. Cold temperatures, wet and snowy weather and wind chill can take a harsh toll on our crews. Taking the time to increase everyone’s knowledge and awareness of cold weather is very important. This will help avoid issues such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Here is a list of safety hazards or signs that every company should keep an eye out for.
- Require workers to wear the proper clothing and gear. Clothing and gear should be based on the temperature, weather conditions and duration of activity. Workers should wear layers whenever necessary, including an insulating, moisture-wicking base layer and a waterproof outer layer. Workers also should wear insulated, waterproof boots with extreme traction as well as warm socks and hats and gloves with grips to handle equipment safely.
- Provide a warm break area. Outside work is necessary for the construction industry, but workers need a place to take a break from the elements and warm themselves. It can be a heated trailer or a tent with portable heaters.
- Discourage workers from drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Many construction workers work overnight and turn to drinks with caffeine to help them get through their shift. However, drinking caffeinated beverages in winter can increase workers’ heart rates, making them feel falsely warm. Instead, encourage workers to drink water to stay hydrated.
- Know the signs of winter-related injuries and illness. Educate your crews about these cold-related injuries and illnesses and their warning signs and symptoms. For instance, shivering, lack of coordination and slurred speech are symptoms of hypothermia. If a worker exhibits any signs of illness or injury, call emergency help immediately.
- Remove ice and snow before starting work. Construction workers have enough conditions causing danger at the work-site; they don’t need to add ice and snow to the mix. Make sure all ice and snow has been removed and salt or sand has been put down on any large patches of ice before starting work.
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