As the temperatures drop this winter, the risks of injuries while on-the-job steadily rise. With the threat of slip-and-falls, frostbite and other winter-related trauma, Strong Man Safety Products wants to make sure your jobsite and employees are staying as safe, warm and as efficient as possible. Your livelihood might depend on it!
PRACTICE HANDS-ON SAFETY
Your health and safety are especially at risk when it’s blustery and cold outside, causing one of the biggest jobsite threats out there—frostbite. But since projects don’t stop due to inclement weather, taking the necessary safety precautions is doubly important. First and foremost, give special attention to your hands. They’re the furthest extremities from your torso, which generates the most heat. When your torso becomes cold, blood is actually pulled away from extremities like hands and toes, leaving them especially vulnerable.
Having a warm break area and wearing multiple layers of clothing, including thermal or wool articles, are crucial to fighting frostbite where it matters the most. Of course, wear protective gloves and insulated boots at all times, even if they are slightly cumbersome. And if all else fails, invest in hand warmers for immediate relief. This way, you can keep all parts of you warmer than they were before and keep blood circulating regularly.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON A SAFER JOBSITE
Perhaps one of the most underrated dangers on winter jobsites has to do with your eyes. You might not think light-and-fluffy snow poses any real threat, but in reality, it can cause severe glare, impairing your vision. Not only that, but the wind can carry ice and snow at high speeds, impacting those very sensitive (and vital) organs. Your eyes are your most important asset while on the job, because they constantly survey your surroundings, keeping you from danger.
Protective eyewear is an excellent way to keep your eyes safe from glaring sun or snow flying at a high velocity. It might not be sunny and 75, but snow actually reflects 80% of the sun’s rays, putting you at higher risk for sunburn and skin cancer. Protect your skin by making sure to apply sunscreen to exposed areas, like your cheeks, ears and nose. Not to mention, the glare can also cause snow blindness, a week-long painful injury that affects unprotected eyes. This is why UV-resistant eyewear is so pertinent to jobsite employees.
DON’T TURN A COLD SHOULDER TO SAFETY
Whether you’ve got a foot of snow or no snow at all, low temperatures can pose real danger to those who work on outdoor jobsites. Taking the necessary steps to maintain your health and safety is vital. Strong Man has decades of year-round experience keeping jobsites and employees as safe as possible. Don’t let Old Man Winter push you around. Safety First. Go Strong.
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