As a construction site manager or business owner, you know that it’s sometimes necessary to continue working into the winter season. Unfortunately, as temperatures begin to fall, frostbite is more likely to show itself on your construction site.
Frostbite is a condition in which the tissue on or just below the surface of the skin begins to freeze. Anyone who works outside during the winter is at risk of developing frostbite. Severe cases of frostbite may even require hospitalization.
Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to keep your employees safe from frostbite this winter. Use these tips to enjoy a safer end-of-year season for everyone on your site.
- Know the signs. Knowing the symptoms of frostbite is the first step to taking action if someone is hurt. Some of the most common symptoms of frostbite include rigid muscles, pale skin that’s cold to the touch, and hard, white skin tissue — particularly on the hands, nose, and cheeks.
- Use a buddy system. It can be hard for someone to recognize on their own that they’re suffering from hypothermia. Assign each of your employees a “buddy” to check in on them regularly.
- Insist on warm gloves. The fingers are one of the most common areas for frostbite to develop. Provide workers with insulated gloves to wear while working outside. Construction wear manufacturers now make gloves with insulation and enough dexterity to allow employees to operate everything from blasters to used hydraulic breakers, so there’s no excuse to skip protection.
- Encourage employees to layer clothing. When it comes to winter dress, less definitely isn’t more. Encourage employees to wear multiple layers of clothing when they come to work to stay warmer.
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