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Staying Safe and Visible On-Site in Winter

Alongside keeping warm on-site in winter, keeping safe and visible is also important. Here are our suggestions to help you stay safe on-site.

Working on-site can be a breeze during summer, however as we all know very well, British winters are unpredictable beasts with the potential for low temperatures, driving rain, harsh winds, snow, and ice. It also means darker mornings and earlier nights, and a cup of tea will only take you so far. 

This means that you need to ensure that you, your staff and colleagues remain both safe and visible whilst working on-site. 

Staying Safe and Visible 

The darker nights raise the likelihood that some parts of your work will need to be completed after nightfall, so ensuring that you can see is crucial. So, let’s throw some light on the subject! 

There is a large variety of outdoor lighting available, to suit various needs including: 

Floor lights: With a handle at the top and wide, sturdy base, these are great portable lights; similar in design to portable heaters. Perfect for placing on top of bricks, shelving, tables or on the floor, these allow you to effectively light a space and move it to point where you need it efficiently, without having to adjust anything or mess about. 

Tripod Site Lights: Available as single site light or twin tripod site light options, dependent on the size of your site, Tripod Site Lights are ideal for larger areas 

If you are working in an area where electricity is minimal or non-existent, a Cordless Site Light option is also available. 

Festoon Lighting: Perfect for working in cellars, or attaching to scaffolding, festoon lighting is a chain of lights that can be hung to easily light an area from overhead.  

Being visible whilst working on a site with lots of large vehicles moving around could potentially save your life, especially when it’s getting darker. 

High-Vis Jackets work by having silver strips that reflect brightly when a light is shone on them. This is ideal for working around vehicles, as when the beams of headlights hit you, the driver will be instantly aware that you are there. 

Preventing Slippages 

As temperatures drop, surfaces can become slippery especially when there is ice on the ground. This doesn’t just mean pavements and roads, but also ladders, scaffolding and any other surface that you need to work on. 

1. Ensure that you are wearing safety shoes or boots that have good grip. We recommend choosing a pair that has sturdy soles with good treads.  

2. Remove snow and ice as much as possible. There are a variety of ways this can be done, including using shovels to quickly clear areas of snow, whilst rock salt helps with ice. It is important, however, never to throw steaming hot water on to any frozen surface as a method of getting rid of either snow or ice. This is dangerous because instead of removing them, a layer of black ice is created which is slippier than standard ice and more susceptible to causing accidents. 

Learn more about keeping warm on-site in our previous blog post.

 

Kat Musselwhite - HT Blogger