Winter is Coming
The leaves are changing and temperatures are dropping. Some of our CoolSys locations have already received their first snowfall. We wanted you to take a moment to think about different challenges you may face with the changing seasons. Here are some reminders to help keep you safe as we make our way into fall and winter.
Winter brings more hazards and poorer driving conditions. The Department of Transportation says that each year, winter weather conditions account for 192,000 injuries and 2,200 deaths on the road. Even the most experienced drivers should lower their speed and give themselves more space from the other vehicles on the road.
- Slow down, give yourself more time to react and maintain control of your vehicle.
- Expand the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you, allowing a four-to-six second gap. If the weather is really bad, give yourself even more space.
- Always be aware of icy conditions.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and death in the workplace. According to OSHA, slip, trip and fall incidents are responsible for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, second to only auto accidents. Snow, sleet, and ice increase the possibility of slip, trip or fall incidents happening.
- Take your time walking across slippery surfaces. Take smaller steps to help maintain your balance.
- Wear the right footwear for the weather. Make sure your boots/shoes have solid tread on the soles.
- Avoid puddles and snowbanks when possible.
Taking precautions this winter may not keep you warm, but they will keep you safe.