By Vogel Bros. Safety Department

The holidays have come and gone, and the month of January has arrived, bringing with it the coldest average temperatures of winter. But construction doesn’t slow down just because the mercury does. There are still tasks to be done, deadlines to meet, buildings to build, and pipes to bury. To keep our employees safe during the cold weather season, we follow the same guidelines that organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend.

Dress Appropriately
– Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing
– Stay dry – wet clothing chills the body rapidly; keep extra clothing on hand in case yours gets wet
– Wear mittens, hats, gloves and scarves to reduce heat loss; avoid cotton because cotton gets wet easily

Drive Appropriately
– Do not travel in low visibility conditions, if at all possible
– Winterize your vehicle; have a mechanic check your fluids, brakes, heater, battery, tires and windshield wipers
– Keep in your car an emergency kit with essentials, in case you get stuck or are stranded

Do Work Appropriately
– Walk carefully on snowy or icy walkways
– Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers for signs of cold stress
– Take more frequent breaks (as needed) to stay warm

This cold weather season, be sure to take a few extra minutes to review these safety precautions and keep you and your loved ones safe. Being prepared can ensure a safe 2018 for all.