Mowery Winter Safety Tips

Written By: Mike Monaco, Safety Director

One of the emerging challenges on a construction site is how to predict and react to extreme weather conditions. In 2018, we encountered the second wettest year in history for Pennsylvania. This included 10 out of 12 months of the year with above average precipitation.

In the Northeast, the months of January through March are known for sudden temperature swings bringing high winds, heavy snow, mixed precipitation resulting in dangerous icing conditions, and brutally cold temperatures. As construction professionals, we must be prepared for extreme winter weather and the hazards it can present to the workforce.

Employers should monitor the weather forecast along with actual conditions and have a system in place to communicate with workers in the event work needs to be stopped. OSHA provides the following additional guidance:

• Provide workers with the proper tools and equipment to do their jobs in cold weather
• Develop