Winter Weather Plays Hide and Seek

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It’s becoming the norm to keep three seasons of outerwear within easy reach, because who knows which jacket you’ll need on any given day? But somehow, we’re still surprised by just how cold winter can get.

“That’s why we urge members never to skip steps when preparing for winter,” says Tim Jaskiewicz, PDRMA Risk Management Consultant. “Keeping facilities safe and undamaged requires being diligent with ongoing maintenance — and not letting our guard down.”

Back to Basics

It’s smart, Jaskiewicz notes, to follow winter best practices and not forget the basics:

  • Observe Core 6 strategies to minimize slip, trip and fall injuries.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get from point A to point B, so you can walk slowly and carefully over potentially slick surfaces.
  • Plan your route. Look ahead when you walk. When possible, avoid inclines.
  • Complete a 30-second Site Safety Walk Through before you begin any outdoor work.
  • Carrying items can impair your balance, so keep your hands free.
  • Walk on designated walkways. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and areas where snow and ice removal isn’t possible is a risk to avoid.
  • When available, use a handrail...
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