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Winter Driving and Workplace Safety Tips

Workplace Safety | December 20, 2018

Following these simple winter driving and workplace safety tips can help ensure that you make it home to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. At United Scaffold Supply, we understand how important it is to take extra precautions during the winter months. That is why we have put together some simple tips for winter driving and workplace safety.

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving can often be a daunting task, especially in icy or snowy conditions. Some simple winter driving tips to help get you home safely include:

1. Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving Conditions

Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving conditions by purchasing and installing quality winter tires. It is also a good idea to keep a snow brush/scraper in the vehicle at all times, along with emergency items, such as a lightweight shovel, jumper cables, and a flashlight. Before heading out on the road, make sure that all mirrors, windows, and the top of the vehicle are free of any frost or snow.

2. Drive Slowly and Carefully

When driving in snowy or icy conditions it is important to ensure that you do not make any abrupt turns or stops, as this can cause your vehicle to lose control and skid. Driving too quickly can also lead to a collision with another vehicle, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and to leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you.

3. Practice Controlling Skids

In the event that your vehicle starts to skid, you will need to go against your natural instincts, turning into the skid and accelerating. Doing so will transfer the vehicle’s weight from the front end to the backend, helping the vehicle regain control.

Winter Workplace Safety Tips

Some simple winter workplace safety tips that can help prevent accidents on the jobsite include:

1. Anticipate Slips and Falls

Make sure to anticipate slips and falls by sprinkling sand or rock salt on potentially icy areas in and around the workplace. It is also a good idea to make sure that you are wearing the proper footwear for winter weather conditions, especially when working outside.

2. Wear Extra Clothing

If you will be working outside this winter season, make sure to take frequent breaks out of the cold and to wear extra layers of clothing, protecting your hands, feet, and face. Make sure to also listen to your body throughout the day by paying attention to any symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia.

3. Perform Regular Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance on all floors and walkways will help ensure that employees do not trip over uneven patches of ground. Installing and maintaining adequate lighting can also prevent accidents from taking place.

If you would like to learn more winter driving and workplace safety tips, or if you are interested in one of our scaffolding products or services, please contact United Scaffold Supply at 1-866-820-6341 or by filling out a contact form on our website.