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Make Winter Weather Work Hazards a Thing of the Past

December is here, the UK weather has been kicking up a storm already and work sites up and down the UK have been battered by the elements.

Not great news for those working on site because it can result in:

  1. More team members suffering accidents
  2. More team members suffering cold stress
  3. More of your crew calling in sick
  4. More of your crew feeling unmotivated and less productive

Here’s how to ensure your business doesn’t come to a standstill when in the grip of winter weather: 

THE PROBLEM – FREEZING TEMPERATURES

Freezing temperatures can be dangerous to a person’s health and can cause skin and internal body temperatures to drop. Add rain to the mix, and damp skin will result in even more heat loss from the body meaning the body has even more trouble warming up. All of this can cause serious illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia. 

THE SOLUTION 

Get your team kitted out in the right workwear so none of their skin is exposed and they’re fully insulated. The right boots, the right gloves and the right headwear is a must. Find 3 of our best sellers below. Make sure to create warm break areas so your team have a place to warm up, too. And ensure you schedule work outdoors to be carried out in shorter time scales so your team aren’t exposed to the elements for too long.

THE PROBLEM – FALLS

Falls are one of the most common construction site accidents and happen all year round. However, winter weather increases the risk of falls due to ice, and wet, slippery surfaces. When surfaces become cold, ice can accumulate on work platforms, scaffolding, walkways, stairs and ladders, causing broken bones, fractures, brain injuries and worse.

THE SOLUTION

Limit any exposure to the elements by shielding certain work areas to protect your crew from potential harm. Provide the correct protective gear and headwear for your team. Use rock salt and grit where possible to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries caused by slippery surfaces.

THE PROBLEM – DRIVING ACCIDENTS

Driving accidents also happen on worksites – but it can be easy to forget that winter driving rules apply to construction sites too. Construction vehicles are traditionally heavier and less agile than regular vehicles, of course, which ups the risk factor.

THE SOLUTION

Firstly, make sure to stay on top of the weather reports which will allow you to effectively prepare for adverse weather conditions. Also, make sure to check your site for any new hazards that could have been caused by bad weather, at the beginning of every shift. Rock salt and grit are your friends during the winter months and can be used on site, roads, and around business premises to minimise the risk of slippery surfaces. Spreading rock salt reduces the chances of moisture freezing on the surface.

In addition to all the above, having regular meetings with your team and educating them on how to prepare for bad weather, prevent accidents and work safely during the winter months is a must. You’ll find all the protective workwear you need to keep your crew safe and protected this winter, at Lion, including the three top sellers, below…

 

WE’VE GOT THIS: CHECK OUT OUR 3 WINTER WEATHER HERO PRODUCTS

 

THE BOOT

Sturdy, warm and boasting a new IGS rubber sole to ensure a brilliant grip on all surfaces, it’s the V12 Caiman Waterproof Hiker.

 

THE ICE AND SNOW GRIPPER

Easy to get on, easy to get off and boasting ultra-light, spike-less, ice traction:

 

THE GLOVE

Look no further than the ATG Maxidry Zero Driver glove. Suitable for work in temperatures as low as -30 degrees, they also have a fleece lining to keep hands warm and dry. They’re double dipped, too, to keep hands protected from oils and hydrocarbons, and they feature micro-cup grip coating for assured grip in wet and oily environments:

 

Check out our entire range of safety workwear and solutions here.

 

Stay safe, all!