Winter Safety in Construction

A Focus on Construction – Winter Safety

Winter safety within construction requires more investment in the safety and health of employees. When the clocks go back and the days go darker earlier,  it is imperative that your employees remain safe and warm during the winter months.

Strong winds, freezing cold temperatures, snow, ice and lots of rain – these elements can cause major hazards for construction workers.

Workers need to ensure that the right procedures are in place to avoid a disaster occurring.

According to the Health & Safety Executive there was 30 fatal injuries to workers and a staggering 64,000 non-fatal injuries to workers between 2016 and 2017.

It is extremely important that workers are updated with weather reports for them to have enough time to carry out any procedures necessary to ensure safety on site.

How can we help prevent accidents from happening?

» Ensure that you are wearing suitable clothes and personal protective equipment.
This is one of the most important precautions to reducing cold stress. It is best to wear three or more layers of clothes and you should also use layering to protect your feet, hands and head.

» Educate your employees
On cold-related stress symptoms. For example, severe fatigue, drowsiness, uncomfortable coldness and heavy shivering.

» Provide a warm break area
As the wind velocity increases and / or the temperature drops then additional breaks should be provided. Workers need a place to take a break from the elements and warm themselves.

» Drink plenty of fluid
In a cold environment thirst is supressed and dehydration could occur when fluid intake is reduced.

» Review work sites every day
Bad weather could be the cause of potential new hazards on site, therefore make sure construction sites are checked daily during the winter.

» Inspect and prepare vehicles
All work vehicles should be inspected to determine if they are fully functioning. Employers should also add winter emergency kits to work vehicles.

Whether working outside, building new houses or constructing new machinery for factories; always make sure employees are safe, helping to reduce any onsite injuries or fatalities.

Poorly trained employees are a hazard within your organisation. Reduce the cost of accidents or ill health by ensuring that your employees know how to work safely.

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