The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds workers to stay safe when working outside in the aftermath of this week’s storm. They have compiled a list of safety precautions to take when working in the elements in the coming days.
To prevent slips on snow and ice:
- Clear snow and ice from walking surfaces and spread de-icer as quickly as possible after a storm.
- Wear footwear that has good traction and insulation such as insulated and water resistant boots or rubber over-shoes with good rubber treads.
- Take short steps and walk at a slower pace to react quickly to changes in traction.
To prevent falls when removing snow from rooftops of other elevated surfaces:
- Provide required fall protection and training when working on a roof or elevated height.
- Ensure ladders are used safely.
- Use extreme caution when working near power lines.
- Prevent harmful exposure to cold temperatures and physical exertion.
For more information on working in the snow and extreme cold, check out the OSHA website, where information on how to prepare for work in the cold, potential hazards and precautions, how to identify cold stress, and other information on working in the winter can be found.