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Last edited 18 Jan 2021
5 Work Safety Tips for Winter
While different working environments have different hazards and there are hazards apparent throughout the whole of the year, in Winter, there are further dangers thrown up due to harsh weather conditions, like hail, snow and severe rainfall.
What’s more, in the Autumn and Winter months, there are less daylight hours. Therefore, the combination of Winter weather conditions, combined with darker days, cause an increased number of slips, trips and falls.
 Watch out for wet leaves and mulch
While Autumn leaves often look beautiful and crisp on dry autumn days, they soon become slippery when wet and cause hazards for those working on outdoor sites, as well as those simply walking to work or elsewhere.
Be aware to avoid piles of wet leaves when walking, and try not to walk with your hands in your pockets, in case you are to have a fall. If you have your hands in your pockets, you are far less likely to be able to stop your fall.
 Beware of ice and black ice
Again, walking with your hands out of your pockets and being extra vigilant with where you are stepping, may help to decrease the likelihood of a slip.
 Wear warm clothes
Wearing warm clothes is a sure-fire way of helping to keep yourself comfortable at work. Thermal workwear is ideal and can be worn beneath standard clothes or work uniform for extra warmth.
 Don’t drive in severe weather conditions
If you feel unsafe to drive, then find an alternative means of transport in order to get to work. If this is not an alternative option for you, then you may have to explain the situation to your manager.
Driving in harsh weather conditions, like heavy snow and a severe storm, is dangerous and should be avoided as much as possible, particularly in areas where the snow has rested on the ground or areas prone to flooding.
 Warm up before carrying out heavy physical tasks
Warming up before carrying out heavy physical duties can help prevent you spraining a muscle. Of course, it is important to warm-up before any strenuous exercise or activity, however, in Winter, as our bodies and muscles are colder and probably more rigid, warming-up before completing heavy physical duties is essential.
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