The Conduit, Q1 2019 - Flipbook - Page 4
Top 6 Tips for Extreme Cold on Construction Sites
1. Limit exposure to the elements. The human body isn’t made to be outdoors in
extremely low temperatures for long periods of time. Schedule outside work in
2. Provide a warm break area. Outside work is necessary for the construction
industry, but workers need a warm place to take a break. It can be a heated trailer
or a tent with portable heaters. Remember proper safety procedures with heating
3. Discourage coffee. Workers may feel like they need hot coffee, but beverages
with caffeine can increase heart rate and can make workers feel falsely warm.
Instead, encourage the team to drink room temperature water.
4. Require proper gear. Clothing to prevent
hypothermia is necessary. This includes OHSA
approved boots, heavy coats, gloves and hats.
5. Review jobsite everyday. Before
work begins, supervisors should scan
the area for hazards such as
accumulated snow and ice.
6. Educate on the signs of
frostbite and hypothermia. All
team members need to know the
symptoms of hypothermia and
frostbite so that if anyone shows
these signs, they can receive
immediate medical attention.