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Top Tips to Keep Your Construction Site Safe in Winter

The winter weather has really set in, and with the onset of the colder shorter, colder days there are a number of things that you should consider if you want to keep your construction site safe and ensure that your construction workers do not have any accidents.


Consider the weather

Whilst we can’t do much about the varied weather that we get here in the UK in the winter, there are plenty of things that we can do to prepare for it. Construction sites and the heavy machinery that you often find there can be dangerous places where accidents can happen, so it is important to ensure that you carry out all of your safety checks; this is particularly important when the weather can make things worse.


Be prepared

Keep a track of the weather forecast so that you are prepared for bad weather. You will certainly want to consider having some form of shelter on your building site so that your construction workers can take shelter in case of heavy rainstorms or worse.

Break rooms or onsite canteen facilities are particularly important in the winter as they offer a good place to warm up. Having a hot drink and a snack is a great way to keep your energy levels up and get warm; being cold whilst working outside using heavy machinery can be dangerous and lead to accidents so regular breaks are a must.

Of course, if your construction workers are taking more hot drink breaks then you will also want to ensure that you have onsite toilet facilities available as well!

Review your site

In the colder weather it is really important to make sure that you carry out extra safety checks every day. This means taking a good look around the site to make sure that there are not any extra dangers posed by ice and frost, such as slippery surfaces. You should also carry out extra checks on any machinery and vehicles on site in order to ensure that they are working properly. There may be extra work involved in getting them ready every morning in colder weather.

Don’t forget to make sure that your construction workers are aware of the key signs of frostbite and hypothermia so that they know when they need to take a break from the cold weather and warm up.

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