Winter Weather Tips for Construction

Winter weather can be a challenging time for construction workers, with cold temperatures, snow and ice, and shorter days all posing potential hazards. However, by following some simple safety tips, you can help ensure that your construction site remains safe and productive throughout the winter season. 

Dress in Layers 

It's important to dress in layers to help keep warm and dry in cold, wet conditions. Wear a base layer of moisture-wicking fabric, such as thermal underwear or a moisture-wicking t-shirt, to help keep you dry. Add a middle layer of insulation, like a fleece or wool sweater, to keep you warm. Top it off with a waterproof, wind-resistant outer layer, such as a jacket or parka, to protect against the elements. Don't forget to wear a hat, gloves, and warm boots to help keep your extremities warm. 

Tread Lightly 

Snow and ice can make outdoor surfaces slippery and dangerous. Be sure to take your time and watch your step when walking around the construction site. If possible, clear snow and ice from walkways and use salt or sand to help provide traction. Use handrails or grab bars when available, and keep a close eye on your surroundings to avoid any potential hazards. If you do see a potential hazard or are involved in one, it is important to report it right away. A great tool to help with this is Kokomo ESCALATE™ which lets employees report dangerous incidents via their mobile device, and Kokomo CASES™ to track and map these incidents.  

Take a Warm Up Break 

Working in cold temperatures can be exhausting, so it's important to take breaks to warm up and rest. Make sure to have a warm, sheltered area, such as a heated trailer or tent, where workers can take breaks and warm up if needed. Consider providing warm beverages, like coffee or tea, to help warm up from the inside out 

Drink Plenty of Water 

It's easy to become dehydrated in cold weather, especially if you're not used to it. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help prevent dehydration. You may also want to consider investing in a water bottle with a built-in heater to help keep your water from freezing. 

Protect Your Extremities 

Cold temperatures can cause hands and fingers to become numb and brittle, making them more prone to injury. Wear gloves to help keep your hands warm and protect them from the elements. Consider purchasing gloves with insulation or liners to help keep your hands extra warm or even placing hand or feet warming pouches inside gloves or shoes. 

Watch the Forecast 

Winter weather can change quickly, so be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest forecast and take any necessary precautions. Have a plan in place for what to do in case of extreme weather, such as a snowstorm or blizzard. Contacting all of your employees quickly in this situation is key to keeping them safe and off the roads. To do this, consider Kokomo NOTIFY™, an instant notification platform that enables you to communicate to all or chosen staff in one click to keep them informed. Even if you do keep an eye on the forecast, it is still essential to keep a supply of emergency gear, such as blankets, flashlights, and water on hand in case you get stranded on site.  

By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that your construction site remains safe and productive throughout the winter season. Remember to take care of yourself and your coworkers, and never hesitate to seek help if you need it. Stay safe out there! 

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