Construction is a tough job in any kind of bad weather, but the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures of winter make it even more difficult. Construction managers need to take special care when it comes to winter projects. They must pay close attention to weather conditions, make the proper preparations for their site, and take good care of their workers throughout the season. Help ensure employee safety with this guide on how to protect workers during winter construction projects.
Freezing temperatures take a toll on a person. Do your best to reduce the amount of time workers spend in the extreme cold. Fill your schedule with plenty of employees so you can run shorter shifts and offer more breaks. Set up warming stations with heat and warm drinks for workers to gather when they’re not working. Depending on the worksite, you can also rent a construction tent to help keep your crew and equipment safe from the elements.
It’s important to equip your workers with the information they need to stay safe on the job. Educate employees on the effects of cold weather, such as hypothermia and frostbite. Make sure they can identify issues and concerns as quickly as possible so they can react appropriately. You should also train workers on winter driving and any other special equipment operations they may need to know. When your workers know what to do in bad weather, they have a better chance of protecting themselves and each other from any job hazards.
Appropriate clothing is an essential part of how to protect workers during winter construction projects. OSHA recommends water-resistant, non-slip footwear to prevent falls and keep workers safe in icy conditions. Employees should also wear heavy coats, gloves, and hats at all times while working in the cold. Focus on warm, dry clothing that will protect your workers from hypothermia and other hazards. Be sure to provide extra coats and other layers for any workers that might need it. By making sure your employees are warm during bad weather, you help them stay safe and productive throughout your project.
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