SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS
The cold weather is prime time for slips, trips and falls.
We know that water freezes, but yet we forget that puddles turn to ice, and first thing in the morning on the way out the door, across bridges over a parking lot and into work we have to walk over it. Black Ice, snow covered ice, etc. In addition we forget when it snow’s it covers up things on the ground. We may know that something was there. But today it’s covered and out of sight out of mind. It is and easy set up for a trip. You arrive at a location you are not familiar with. We do not know what is under the snow. Stay on paths that are cleared, don’t take a short cut as it may be a trip hazard. Remember our mornings are darker longer and our evenings are darker earlier. In paths we have traveled many times, we may come across obstacles we didn’t expect in the dark, or have a glare or an ice coating we didn’t expect.
A simple fall can result in a very serious injury.
Keep your eyes on the path; be cautious of stairs, ladders, scaffolds and platforms. Remember good housekeeping so that debris is not hidden under fresh snows in walk ways to and from your work area’s. In icy conditions you may want to sand or use a calcium (replacement of a salt/chloride type) product.
Let’s have a good safe month and return home each day like we left; if not better!
"A keen sense of humor helps us overlook the unbecoming, understanding the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected and outlast the unbearable" (Billy Graham)