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As the temperature and snow continues to fall, it is peak winter season. Now is a good time for employers to review hazards and dangerous of working in cold conditions with their employees. Without proper protection, working outside for extended periods of time can be extremely dangerous. It is also important to reinforce driving safety rules for snowy weather, as well as how to best avoid slips, trips, and falls. Continue reading to learn about safety tips for the winter construction season. 

Practice Safe Driving: 

Driving conditions are much more dangerous at this time of year. According to the US Department of Transportation, 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. In the construction industry, driving work vehicles or heavy equipment requires extra caution and focus. 

10 Winter Driving Tips and Reminders:

  1. Inspect all aspects of the vehicles before use 
  2. Clean, repair, or replace anything not working properly prior to use 
  3. Allow vehicles to warm up, especially in frigid conditions, before use
  4. Brush off snow and ice from all parts of the vehicle, especially mirrors, lights, and windows
  5. Wait until windows are fully defrosted before driving
  6. It is much harder to stop on a slippery road, so be sure to follow at a safe distance
  7. Avoid sudden motions like sharp breaking, turning, or quickly accelerating
  8. If your vehicle begins to skid when you drive, ease off the break and accelerator and steer towards the direction in which you want the vehicle to safely stop
  9. Beware of hard-packed snow on the road, as this can be as slippery as ice
  10. 10. Slow down when approaching areas with bridges and overpasses, as these tend to freeze sooner than others

Winter Storm Preparation:

In the event a winter storm is anticipated to take place, it’s important to take action and be prepared. Cleanup the worksite before the snowfalls to ensure hazards don’t get buried by the snow. If it starts snowing during the workday, find and mark any hazards that might be along a driving or walking path on the job site. 

Wear Warm Personal Protective Gear

It’s crucial that when working outdoors, workers have on protective and warm gear. This includes, an insulated jacket, insulated boots, gloves, hats, and layered clothing. For a full list and more tips on how to dress in the cold while on a construction job site, click here. [ ] 

Avoid Slips, Trips. and Falls:

Slips, trips, and falls happen frequently in the construction industry (especially when there is ice covering the ground.) Wear proper work boots with rough or heavy treads when working in wintry conditions to help prevent slips and falls. In addition, be careful climbing into and out of any vehicle. 

Frontier Industrial Corp. Safety is the number one tool on the job.By following these tips, construction workers can be better protected and stay warm despite the harsh, cold winter weather. 

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