Cold weather will be with us for a few months which can cause a variety of problems for contractors and their employees who work outdoors in winter weather.
To help your workers stay warm and safe on the job, follow these precautions:
- Make sure that they keep their body temperature at or about normal by wearing layers of clothing, both inside and outdoors.
- Provide proper rain gear, gloves, good waterproof boots, and an extra pair of clean, dry socks.
- Have workers protect their neck and ears; they can lose a lot of heat from these areas.
- Treat frostbite properly. The most important symptom is a numbing effect, which many workers tend to ignore. Other symptoms can include red skin turning to white, poor blood circulation, and blisters. To provide first aid: 1) never rub the frozen part in snow or immerse it in hot water (you can use warm water); 2) cover the affected area with extra clothing or a blanket; 3) get the worker out of the cold; 4) apply loose fitting, sterile dressings and splint and elevate affected extremities if possible; and 5) seek immediate medical attention.
- Make sure that portable heaters are maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Defective ventilation and incomplete burning of fuel can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Locate fuel containers, regulators, piping, and hoses and secure them in sites where they won’t be subject to damage. Protect the valves from damage also.
Remember, the more effectively you help your employees stay warm and safe on the job, the higher their productivity,– and the lower your insurance premiums.
For more information, please feel free to get in touch with our agency’s Construction insurance specialists at any time.