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How do you prevent construction accidents in winter?

When you work on a construction site in Connecticut, you may encounter hazards year-round. There are some hazards you may see only in the winter and it is important to understand what these are so you can stay safe as you work. 

During the winter, you may frequently see snow and ice. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that you should make sure walking surfaces are not covered in ice or snow. You should also cover these surfaces with deicer. These steps can help keep you and your co-workers from slipping. Additionally, it is a good idea to take smaller steps so you can see ice before your foot hits it. You may also want to walk more slowly. 

If you work on roofs, it is especially important to use caution in the winter. While you should use safety equipment year-round, non-slip safety boots and aerial lifts are necessary if there is ice or snow on a roof. You should typically remove snow before you start working and it is usually best if you can do this without going on the roof. It is also recommended that you inspect a raised surface if it has large piles of snow, as it may not be safe for people to stand on.

Sometimes you may need to shovel snow before you can begin working. In this situation, you should generally push the snow to clear an area. If you need to scoop the snow away, it is generally best to lift small amounts instead of filling the entire shovel. If you use a snow blower to remove snow, it is important to make sure you turn this equipment off before you clear jams.

This information is general in nature and should not be used in place of legal advice.

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