Now that Halloween is over, many people are turning their attention to the holiday season. While that may mean plenty of good food and gift-giving throughout American households, for employees working outdoors it could mean greater risk brought on by exposure to winter weather.
In many states, businesses will soon be dealing with cold temperatures and rising snow levels. For employees exposed to the elements, this means performing duties in frigid and slippery conditions – especially if you’re in the construction industry.
From driving vehicles on the job, to walking safely in snowy jobsites, and overall employee health and safety, your company’s risk management plan should address the broad scope of winter weather concerns.
Start with Vehicle Safety
One of the first winter weather risks to address is vehicle safety. Naturally, winter weather complicates both driving to work and operating vehicles on the job. As you prepare your construction firm for this season, it can be beneficial to check over these critical elements:
Review On-The-Job Safety
Go over on-the-job safety Address on-the-job winter safety with your employees. If you have a construction site which is exposed to the elements, you'll need to ensure your team is as safe and warm as possible during the work day.
That means talking about:
Promote Overall Health and Safety
Finally, you should talk with your organization about overall on-the-job health and safety. During winter, the main concern is the well-being of your workers. Being outside in the cold for long hours can lead to a number of injuries or illnesses.
Provide educational resources on the dangers of cold stress, such as frostbite, hypothermia and trench foot. Our Identifying Cold Stress Injuries whitepaper is a great resource to start with when arming employees with the knowledge to identify symptoms and respond with the appropriate medical care.
With a comprehensive winter risk management plan in place, your construction workers will be able to operate safely all year long.