As the temperatures fall on our project sites, the need to make our team members aware of how to protect themselves goes WAY up!
What steps do we advise to keep everyone safe from the pitfalls of winter weather working?
First, LAYER your clothing:
The inner layer should be made of a fabric that holds more body heat, like wool, silk or polypropylene.
The middle, insulation layer should be able to trap heat near the body. Materials like natural fibers, goose down and fleece create a good insulation layer.
The outer layer should be a tightly woven, weather-resistant material that protects you from the wind, rain and snow.
Next, PREVENT slip hazards on your site:
Place rock salt the night before a cold-weather precipitation event
Eliminate icy puddles
Practice caution, specifically in the morning
Finally, UNDERSTAND the importance of warming up your muscles prior to all tasks and KNOW the signs of frostbite, which include:
Cold, waxy-looking skin
Keeping our crews safe is always our top priority - and especially during winter weather! Encouraging layering, practicing prevention and creating awareness are all ways we reduce risk during cold months.
Safety Manager Bill Boots
Have you read OSHA's Cold Weather Stress Guide?
You can find it here, including more details about hypothermia & frostbite warning signs & treatments.