Yes winter is coming sadly and for construction workers the most important thing is Health and Safety.
And winter means snow, ice and cold temperatures.
For companies like us, we do not shut down for the season so we need to make sure that our working area is safe as possible.
This blog will outline 5 top tips to ensure your sites are safe for winter:
5 Top Tips To Prepare Construction Sites For Winter
#1 Prevent Workers From Slipping On Icy Surfaces
At LC Joinery Roofing and Building Work we like to make sure that our workers have the correct footwear for icy conditions.
Have you got the correct footwear for icy conditions?
#2 Operating Vehicles And Equipment Safely
Because we have workers working in areas such as Aberdeen this means they need to travel up there on a weekly basis.
To ensure that they are fit for purpose we make sure that they are stocked up on emergency items like flasks, blankets food and water.
Vehicles are also checked before heading off to make sure that tyres and lights are working to full condition.
#3 Ensuring Structure Of Materials
Winter construction cold-weather operations aren’t just about safety. While most construction tasks can be carried out with enough strategically placed warming equipment, some operations — such as concrete and masonry-related work, painting and drywall finishing — can take much longer and even fail if the proper precautions aren’t taken.
Contractors should follow manufacturers’ guidelines to ensure that the finished product functions as expected.
#4 Keep Track Of Weather Forecast
In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in one day so it’s a good idea to track the weather when heading out to work.
Because we cover all aspects of roofing, this is one area we need to be careful on in the winter.
Roofs can freeze over and make it difficult for repairs/replacements to be carried out.
Monitor the temperature and make sure you know when its safe for workers to be outside.
#5 Review Work Sites Every Day
Before work begins, they should monitor area to make sure it is safe to work.
Things to look out are snow and ice.
Over To You …
We’d love to hear from you.
How do you make sure your sites are safe for winter?
Have you ever had any disaster?
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