Slips, trips and falls are the most common types of work-related injuries in the winter. As temperatures change throughout the course of the winter season, your normal work environment will change with it. Your truck stop may be coated with rain at night that turns into black ice by morning. Your home lot can go from snow to slush to ice and back to rain again in a weekend.
These changes are easy to take for granted, but drivers should always maintain awareness of their surroundings and future weather forecasts. Not taking proper precautions in winter conditions puts you at risk for an injury. If you work in the snow and ice, it is crucial that you follow these tips in order to keep you safe and prevent an injury that will cost you time and money.
Here are some ways to help prevent work injuries in the winter.
- Wear Proper Footwear: Nonslip soles on your shoe will provide traction and help prevent a slip or fall on slick surfaces.
- Slow Down: Refrain from running or moving too quickly in the winter conditions. Snow can accumulate over ice putting you at risk for an injury.
- Baby Steps: Take small steps when walking and check your footing with every step you take.
- Salt is a Blessing: Salting roads and sidewalks prevents ice build-up by lowering the freeze point of water. Salt can help prevent you from losing your footing.
- Watch Out For Ice: Ice can form on handrails and hand grabs. Take a close look and give a test grab before relying on it to pull your full body weight.
- Wear Gloves: Wearing the proper gloves for your conditions will not only keep your hands warm, but can also give you a better grip.
- Three Points of Contact: When entering and exiting your truck or getting on the cat walk behind the cab, always use three points of contact for proper safety.
How do you prevent injuries in the winter?
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