A Checklist for Cold-Weather Construction

If you’ve been outdoors working on a construction site recently, you are probably already aware that winter time brings a unique set of risks. In many areas, harsh winter conditions sometimes don’t fully hit until after Christmas, so for some operations, the worst could still be coming. Be sure you are fully prepared for the really cold weather when it arrives with Construction Insurance and with this winter construction checklist of what to watch out for.

1. Limit Exposure

Provide your crew with a warm dry area to go to on breaks. This can be a trailer, a nearby garage, or even a tent with heaters in it. It will help them retain body heat and keep up morale.

Make sure workers know the signs of cold-induced illnesses. Keep an eye out for signs of frostbite and hypothermia primarily, but also make sure any workers that have heart conditions or diabetes know the risks of a more demanding winter environment.

2. Be Extra Careful Near Propane Heaters

These heaters can easily be tipped over and become a fire hazard or if you try to use them in enclosed spaces, where there is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Look for heaters with a stable base, locking burners, a low-pressure burner system and wind resistant shields.

3. Deal with Snow and Ice Immediately

Make sure any accumulation of snow in traffic areas is dealt with immediately to help avoid slips and falls. Clear plenty of space for vehicles, and pathways for people, any time of the day it is needed. Applying sand or salt may be needed.

4. Enforce Proper Winter Attire

All workers should be equipped with proper winter gear including winter coats, several layers of clothes to adjust for rising and falling temperatures, non-slip soles, hats and gloves.

5. Further Precautions

  • Make sure everyone hydrates properly: Caffeine is a diuretic so tell everyone to hydrate before they caffeinate. Warm water or sports beverages are best.
  • Provide sufficient lighting: Less daylight means more eyestrain and safety hazards. Make sure everything is well-lit.
  • Follow the weather closely: Avoid bringing workers in on days that could present a dangerous commute or work shift, such as in heavy freezing rain or blizzard conditions.

Work during the winter months can be more physically demanding and dangerous, so make sure you prepare for the upcoming cold days ahead with construction insurance and stay vigilant throughout the winter season.

About Daniels Insurance, Inc.

At Daniels Insurance, Inc., we have a unique understanding of the risks that businesses like yours face on a regular basis. With the backing of our comprehensive coverages and our dedication to customer service and quick claims resolution, your business will be fully protected. For more information, contact us today at (855) 565-7616.