Snow and ice accumulation can contribute to safety concerns. Use these tips to be prepared to work safely in icy conditions this winter season:
Use Proper PPE
Working outdoors in icy conditions can lead to slips, trips, and falls. To avoid slipping, wear appropriate non-skid shoes. Avoid smooth shoes.
Always use appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including a hard hat, in areas where the risk of falling objects (including ice and snow) are present.
Be Aware of Conditions
Prior to working outdoors, monitor weather conditions to ensure that you are dressed properly. In slippery conditions, walk slowly and cautiously.
Tips for walking in icy conditions include:
- Walk slowly and carefully
- Maintain balance by extending your arms
- Keep your hands out of pockets to break your fall, in the event that you slip
- Walk in designated walkways
Keep it Safe
Don’t allow ice and snow to build up. Keep walkways clear of snow and ice, by frequently shovelling and using anti-slip materials like sand or salt. Also, be sure to inspect overhead areas to ensure that snow and ice do not accumulate there.
Also ensure that walkways are well-lit to reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls in icy and snowy conditions.
Keep Snow Removal Equipment
Keep snow removal equipment, including shovels, in easy to access areas. The location of this equipment should be well-communicated to teams.
Keep Equipment in Good Working Condition
When it comes to equipment, including ladders and scaffoldings, ensure that they are free from ice prior to use.
To keep ice and snow off of them, cover them after each use.