Tips to Help Workers Stay Safe in Ice and Snow20 December 2012
Frank Knapfel, Regional Director of Safety & Health, G4S North America, provides some tips for staying safe while working outside in the ice and snow
Many people have work schedules that include spending some time outdoors. With winter approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about safety plans for severe weather. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general accidents. Frank Knapfel, Regional Director of Safety & Health, G4S North America provides some tips for staying safe while working outside in the ice and snow.
“Generally, people who are used to ice and snow are well prepared, but it’s amazing how many times people rush or forget three things: planning, caution and common sense,” said Knapfel. “That’s why these simple tips are a great reminder.”
G4S Safety Matters — Tips for Working in Ice and Snow
- Start with a weather check! Be sure to check the daily forecast before heading to work so you know if severe weather will affect your day.
- Give yourself extra time to complete your normal outside routine.
- Whenever possible use cleared walkways. Don’t be tempted by shortcuts through the snow.
- Invest in some slip resistant boots or shoes or traction devices that snap on to your regular footwear.
- Take your time climbing stairs, plant your feet firmly and always use the handrails. Take short steps and walk slowly on ice and snow so you can react to any loss of traction. This will also help reduce your chance of falling.
- Even if the outside work area or path looks clear, use caution. “Black ice,” which is a thin layer of ice that can be invisible in certain sunlight conditions, can pose a risk.
- When carrying items remember your sense of balance while walking on ice or snow may be affected. Try to keep one hand free to use railings or to help balance.
- On entering a building, remove all of the snow from shoes and wipe footwear as dry as possible. Extra caution should be used until your shoes are fully dry.
- When exiting or entering vehicles use the vehicle for support.
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