t’s winter and you’re on the job site. You walk over top of what appears to just be a patch of snow. But underneath that snow is a patch of ice. You slip, you slide and eventually fall. Will this be the fall where you break something? Or will you be lucky enough to avoid injury?
Every day workers re hurt on the job and sidelined from their work and personal due to slips, trips and falls. Here’s a few tips to avoid slipping while walking outside when it’s cold, snowy and icy:
- Have your site properly maintained and cleared of snow and ice- sand, small gravel and even ice melt can remove these hazards
- When walking on icy or snow-covered walkways, take shorter steps and walk a slower place so you can quickly react to change in traction
- Look out for “black ice”. Dew, fog or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like wet spots on pavement. It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun.
- Be prepared to fall and try to avoid using your arms to break your fall. If you fall backward, make a conscious effort to tuck your chin so your head doesn’t strike the ground with a full force
Remember to take extra care, plan ahead and give yourself sufficient time without rushing-it’s the smartest way to avoiding going for a slip n’ slide on an icy surface and potentially falling and injuring yourself.