In the construction industry, safety is a top priority. Making sure you have the right equipment and take all the necessary precautions means walking on and off the site with confidence. When winter weather rolls around, new hazards like snow, ice and freezing temps are something to prepare for.
Tips for Winter Weather Construction Safety
Cold weather is rolling in and winter is just around the corner. When it comes to winter construction, there are some extra things you can do to make sure you and your crew are safe. Following these tips can help you be prepared for the winter weather before it sets in:
1. Check the weather forecasts.
The first thing you can do is keep an eye on the weather. The last thing you want is to have a snow storm roll in while you’re on the job. Knowing what is in the forecast for the week helps you prepare your workers and your jobsite. Whether it’s snow, sleet or below freezing temps, you’ll be able to figure out how to move forward with safety in mind.
2. Remove snow and ice.
If snow or ice is in the forecast, make sure to clear your jobsite to prevent injuries. A little snow may not seem like a big issue at first, but it can stick to boots causing slips on wet surfaces and packed snow can turn into a sheet of ice. Make sure to shovel and salt walkways and stairs of winter construction sites. Keep any sloped roof clear of packed snow and icicles that may fall.
3. Wear the right winter weather gear.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from cold weather during winter construction projects is to wear quality cold weather construction gear and proper PPE. Here is some winter weather gear you should use:
- Hard hat with liners – Hard hats can protect from falling objects like icicles and the liner will help retain heat.
- Waterproof boots – Waterproof boots and extra socks are important, especially when wearing steel-toe boots that absorb the cold.
- Waterproof winter jacket – Layers are key when working in cold weather. Wearing a layer of thermal or moisture wicking clothing as well as a waterproof outer layer will keep you dry and warm.
- Gloves – Wearing gloves will help prevent frostbite, especially when climbing ladders or scaffolding.
4. Provide a warm break room.
Freezing temperatures are dangerous because they can cause frostbite and hypothermia. Even the most seasoned crew is still susceptible to the dangers of cold weather. It’s crucial to provide an area for workers to warm up during winter construction. Provide warm drinks and encourage workers to take frequent breaks and change out of wet clothes.
Floor Protection During Winter Construction
Temporary surface protection doesn’t just prevent your floors from being damaged. It can also prevent injuries from falls. During the winter, even interior construction jobs can be dangerous with tracked-in snow, water and mud.
Placing temporary stair protection like Stair Armor™ or floor protection like Ram Board® on your surfaces during a job can help prevent slips and falls, while keeping your jobsite safe from damage. Pro Sheets® are even thicker, providing maximum liquid holdout.
Keep your crew safe during the upcoming winter season. To learn more about temporary floor protection and staying safe during winter construction, explore Ram Board’s full line of products.