The long nights and warm breezes of the Minnesota summer are in full swing. This is the time of year most residents get out and enjoy picnics and days at the lake. However, if you work in construction, now is the best time to prepare for the cold months ahead. At Meshbesher Law Firm, we handle claims for a broad range of injuries our clients sustain when working at construction sites.
Border States reports that employers who consider high winds, extreme cold and an increased chance of slip and fall accidents can reduce employee injuries. You can improve winter safety by implementing these construction site safety tips.
- Inspect work sites daily to identify and remove new hazards that may have formed overnight. Nearby downed powerlines and accumulations of ice and snow increase the risk injuries in that area.
- Make sure the construction team wears appropriate gear such as heavy coats, gloves, hats and boots. The right outerwear can keep your team warm and dry. Boots should have nonslip soles, minimizing the risk of falling.
- Limit exposure to the elements. Even on sunny days, the mercury can dip into the single digits. When combined with high winds, temperatures become obscenely low. Making outside work durations short can reduce the occurrence of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Provide a heated area for breaks. Whether it is a tent with portable heaters or a heated trailer, the construction crew must have a place to warm up to prevent injuries.
- Educate your crew about proper cold weather procedures. Include tips for identifying frostbite and hypothermia to what to do when stranded in a vehicle. Employees should know what to do and whom to call in any situation.
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