Winter weather adds more risk for injuries. Prevent slips, trips and falls by preparing for the conditions and taking extra time. Wear weather appropriate footwear to help keep a good grip during bad weather conditions. Walk in lighted areas and around ice and puddles. Always keep tools, debris, work pieces and other potential tripping hazards away from access, aisles, doors and gates; if these become covered with snow you won’t be able to see them before it’s too late.
Avoid injury from winter slips trips and falls by implementing the following strategies.
- Pay attention to the weather and plan ahead. Use smart phones and websites to get regular weather reports. Set up a warning in your smart phone for winter weather advisories and storm alerts using weather center Apps.
- Do not leave the house without putting on appropriate footwear and clothing for ice and snow. Replace worn, damaged by using the FSI boot reimbursement program. One pair of boots per calendar year for $100 reimbursement with receipt. Ask your supervisor for details
- Pre-treat sidewalks, parking lots and driveways before a snow storm and continue to treat throughout the storm. Keep ice melt and a shovel near entrances.
- Wear slip-on ice cleats, or heavy lug boot soles when walking in slick conditions on hiking trails and jobsites.
- Do not attempt to shovel large amounts of heavy snow at one time. Snow can weigh up to 21 pounds per cubic foot. This weight combined with the leverage of the shovel handle can cause an overexertion injury to the hips or spine. If you don’t fall over you might keel over!
- Keep outside walking paths well lit. Set floodlights, light plants and direct flood lighting to parking areas and where walking is particularly treacherous. Report lights where light bulbs are out.
- Use three points of contact when entering or exiting trucks or machines. Scan for ice on the steps of building and machines or in the parking lot before exiting the vehicle or equipment.
- Report any unsafe walking conditions and warn others by placing signage or by closing off the walkway. Look for overhead ice and melt that may refreeze overnight.
- Take the safest path across the jobsite and into any facility. Enter and exit the trailers, parking areas and our facility only using pathways that have been cleared.
- Park in well-lit parking spots and avoid any that are slick or ice packed. Use extra caution when walking on slippery surfaces, lean slightly forward and scoot your feet or take small steps. Pull up to doorways and park temporarily to load and unload instead of carrying loads across snowy or icy areas.
- Do not run or take large strides when conditions are wet or icy; slow down while rounding corners and climbing stairs or slopes.
- Clean up mud and ice that drops off trucks and equipment after being parked overnight. Your vehicle your mess; own the solution.
“When champions fail, they get back up and try again. They don’t let failure discourage them.”
Mary Ellen Clark Olympic Diver