8 Top Tips for Winter Safety on Site
It might seem obvious but cold can be a killer and its effects can creep up on you. There are plenty of hazards at every construction site or project but winter brings an additional set of challenges. You need to be prepared to handle various cold weather elements in order to stay safe. Winter safety is important so here are our top tips on braving the winter weather.
For better winter safety limit exposure
Sounds simple but try and make sure you or your team aren't out for prolonged periods in poor weather conditions. Working all day in wet, snowy and freezing temperatures greatly increases the risk of stress, hypothermia, and other cold-related illnesses.
Wear Proper Clothing
In addition to the normal PPE required on a site, make sure you layer up with thermal clothing, hats, wool socks and so on. We often have Chandlers branded beanie hats which we give away free so why not ask next time you are in a branch. We take your winter safety seriously.
Have a warm area for breaks
Make sure you take regular breaks to warm up or carry out tasks in more sheltered areas.To get some respite from the cold you and your team should have a warm area to go for breaks and between shifts. Whether it's in an office, a heated trailer, or an area with portable heaters, there should be a place to warm up and dry off any clothes that may have got wet or damp. You could always take a trip to Chandlers and come into our warm Trade Counters for a natter and a warm up!
Not all hot drinks are equal!
Avoid caffeine; although hot drinks are usually great for warming up, coffee and other forms of caffeine can increase your heart rate. Hot drinks make you feel warmer than you actually are.
Check the forecast
Nobody wants to be stuck outside in a storm or working when there are dangerously cold temperatures present. Everyone should keep an eye on the weather forecast for the day to prepare for possible alternative work solutions in case of problems.
Check the site for hazards
In adverse weather, hazards can emerge overnight. Snow and/or ice can accumulate when the job site is empty, so check the work area to make sure it's safe to work. Remove any hazards and spread sand or salt on slippery areas.
Get educated about the cold
Do you know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite in case someone falls victim? Recognize the signs and symptoms and call for help right away. Avoid these illnesses by moving arms and legs often, do small exercises to keep the blood flowing. Avoid overexertion since cold weather can put strain on the heart. Look out for slurred speech and uncontrolled shivering.
What to do if you get stranded
Accidents in the winter months are common, as cars and lorries can easily swerve on snowy and icy roads. Make sure employees have proper gear in their car and know what to do if they become stranded. Keep a blanket, torch, water, non-perishable food, an ice scraper, jump leads and other winter gear in a safe place.