Construction and demolition are far from seasonal jobs—no matter what time of year it is, if there’s a job that needs to be done, you can bet there’s a contractor out there who’s willing to do it!
The problem with working year round is that each season brings with it new challenges and you have to be vigilant of these challenges in order to avoid setbacks and costly errors that could put you behind the eight ball or worse, land you in the hospital with injury. Winter in particular is a devious time of year for a construction or demolition contractor in Kansas City—the number of hazards and inclement variables during this season are far more than any other time of year.
Take a look at some job safety tips that you should take to heart if you’re going to be working through the winter:
- Start jobs earlier in the day. The winter season is known for having much shorter days, and even on the other side of the Winter Solstice the days are still going to be shorter than during spring or summer. Get a jump on jobs earlier in the day and try to finish up the day’s work before the sun starts to creep down in the early evening.
- Put down highly absorptive mats at all entrances and exits to a jobsite. This will prevent puddles and standing water from pooling in areas where your workers might be frequenting, which can reduce the number of slips and falls. On this same token, be sure to throw down salt and/or gravel in areas where ice has formed or snow makes it slippery.
- Be sure to clear away any snow or ice from walkways, ladders, scaffolding and anywhere else your guys might be traversing. Inclement weather can leave precipitation all over the place, which might make this a daily chore… however it’s one that absolutely needs to be done.
- Make sure every employee on your jobsite is outfitted for the cold with proper attire and gear. Non-slip boots, reinforced gloves, hats, facial coverings and more should all be on hand. The last thing you need is someone missing time because of overexposure or exposure-induced illness. Remember, your guys will be working right up against the elements all day—dressing smart means fewer snags in the timeline.
- Have wintertime emergency kits at the ready. These should include all of the regular items in a first aid kit, as well as hand warmers and other winter items that can combat hypothermia or frostbite.
- Take regular breaks! The winter weather is going to take its toll harder and faster than in other seasons, which means taking shorter breaks more often. Don’t try to be an iron man against the winter wind and cold!
If you’re a construction or demolition contractor in Kansas City, the above tips aren’t only smart to follow, they’re far and above the best way to prevent accidents, setbacks and hazards from taking shape. Take them to heart while you’re out on the job and know you’re doing everything you can to do the best job you can, even during the harshest of winter conditions.