Prevent a Winter Blunderland with Snow Removal Equipment

Don't let this winter turn into a fall. Prepare with some new equipment and safety tips.

A chilly blanket of snow has covered America's northern states and East Coast down to Florida, and subzero temperatures have turned the Midwest into a frozen tundra. That might earn kids a reprieve from going to school, yet the nation's factories must keep up their production hot streak. The problem is getting from your car to the plant entrance.

Click the slideshow for some ideas on how to help you do that.

And OSHA has released some tips that you probably see as common sense, but just in case, here they are:

Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice

To prevent slips, trips, and falls, employers should clear snow and ice from walking surfaces, and spread deicer, as quickly as possible after a winter storm. When walking on snow or ice is unavoidable workers should be trained to:

  • Wear footwear that has good traction and insulation (e.g. insulated and water resistant boots or rubber over-shoes with good rubber treads)
  • Take short steps and walk at a slower pace to react quickly to changes in traction
  • Preventing Falls When Removing Snow from Rooftops and Other Elevated Surfaces
  • OSHA’s Hazard Alert and winter weather webpages provide guidance to employers on how to prevent serious injuries and fatalities. Employers should consider options to avoid working on roofs or elevated heights, plan ahead for safe snow removal and must:

Provide required fall protection and training when working on the roof or elevated heights

  • Ensure ladders are used safely (e.g. clearing snow and ice from surfaces)
  • Use extreme caution when working near power lines
  • Prevent harmful exposure to cold temperatures and physical exertion
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