Builders warned about cold snap
According to the latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), many of the accidents seen on construction sites in the winter are preventable.
A proportion of these seasonal accidents are as a result of slips on slippery surfaces and poor lighting but, as the winter weather really bites, it is also only natural to add extra layers and wrap up. This can often impede the effectiveness of PPE (personal protective equipment) however.
As a result, many in the PPE and construction industries are urging workers to take care, and follow sensible tips such as:
With slippery surfaces underfoot, it is essential that the right footwear be worn for example. Insulated boots should be an essential, whilst ensuring steel caps are worn can prevent anything dropping on the foot causing even more damage as the temperature drops too.
Well insulated gloves should also be worn, and it is important that these are in excellent condition. From losing grip on wet and icy surfaces, to having threadbare gloves that let the cold in, all can jeopardise site safety.
With extra laying natural sensible, it is important that PPE clothing is checked for the right fit. For example, hi-vis vests can be skewed and stretched out of shape, resulting in them not being as visible as they should be.
As the Met Office predicts the country will be gripped by an Arctic chill in the next few weeks, workers in the construction industry are being warned to take extra care with their clothing than usual too.