7 Winter Construction Safety Tips

If you work in the construction industry, you know just how important winter construction safety is. Being safe in the winter means that all workers should take the proper precautions to prevent injury. During the winter, workers must protect themselves from high winds, cold, snow, and ice. Continue reading to learn how you can easily reduce both construction-related injuries and accidents this winter.

Tips for Winter Construction Safety

Construction winter safety is critical. Here are some ways you can stay safe and protected from the harsh winter elements this year.

Pay Attention to Forecasts

It is crucial that workers stay on the lookout for weather forecasts. This will reduce the likelihood of construction workers being sent out in dangerous winter conditions. You can frequently check the weather via your local weather station, so you are aware of what’s headed your way.

Be Aware of Winter Related Injuries/Illness

Working in harsh winter conditions can put workers at risk of severe health issues such as frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot. It is important that all construction workers are educated about the possible illnesses and injuries that they can be exposed to during the winter. It is also critical for workers to be familiar with the warning signs. For example, clumsiness, shivering, and slurred speech are all warning signs of hypothermia. If any workers do show these signs, emergency help should be called right away.

Protective Clothing & Gear is Critical

Wearing the right clothing is also crucial for all construction workers to prevent winter-related injuries/illnesses. The type of clothing and gear that is required should vary depending on the weather conditions, temperature, etc. Workers should also layer their clothing when necessary. Boots that are waterproof and insulated are important during the winter.

Access to Heated Area

Workers should have access to a heated area near their work site when needed. This is critical in keeping their exposure to harsh winter weather limited. This heated break area should be a place for workers to go to receive relief from the cold weather. It can be a heated tent, trailer, or something similar.

Eliminate Snow & Ice

Before you start work, it is imperative that the work site is free of snow and ice. Applying salt or sand to help melt the ice is a must-have. To prevent injuries, bigger pieces of ice should be removed.

Perform Site Inspections

Supervisors should inspect the site on a daily basis to ensure that no hazards are present. For example, ice may have accumulated on the site overnight. These are new hazards that must be taken care of before workers can continue their work.

Avoid Caffeine

While you can’t force your workers to stop drinking caffeine on the job, you can discourage them from doing so. While it may help workers to get through their shifts, it should be avoided during the winter months. Caffeine can increase your heart rate, which can cause your workers to feel warm when they are really not. Instead, workers should keep themselves hydrated by drinking a lot of water or sports drinks.