For many communities, construction is primarily a spring and summer thing. People do not always expect to see others busy working on buildings or roads when the weather turns cold. However, the need for construction work does not go away in the winter, especially when it comes to routine building maintenance and repairing damaged roads. It can help you and other Ohio construction workers to understand the unique dangers you can face on a worksite in the winter.
As you are probably aware, falling is a top hazard in construction any time of the year. You might expect most fatal falls to come from dangerous heights. However, in 2015, 800 fatal workplace accidents across the country were due to slips, trips and falls, reports EHS Today. The danger is especially prevalent in winter. Snow and ice buildup is common on construction sites, especially near parking lots and sidewalks after plows have cleared traffic areas. It is wise to always be watchful for ice and snow where you walk, and to wear sturdy non-slip shoes.
When working outside in the winter, you also face the risk of cold-related injuries like hypothermia and frostbite. If you expect to work outdoors for any length of time this winter, be sure to wear an insulated jacket, heavy-duty winter boots and gloves and a warm hat that covers your ears. Your employer should offer material that informs you on which gear is appropriate to wear in certain conditions, including cold weather.
When you are aware of the risks and take the necessary precautions with your actions and safety gear, you may reduce your chances of being injured this winter.