Work safely in cold weather

February 2, 2024 By    

Working in extreme cold can put you at risk for frostbite and other health-related issues. Snow and ice increase the risk of slips and falls and the injuries that can accompany them.

Here are some tips and reminders for working in cold weather:

  • Wear ice cleats for better traction and stabilization on slick surfaces. Even if you are only walking from your personal vehicle to the office, you could be at risk.
  • Shovel driveways, sidewalks and parking spaces, and apply ice melt, salt or sand to improve traction.
  • When walking across snow or ice, take it slow, looking for holes and other obstacles that could cause injury.
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors on bright days to eliminate snow glare and improve visibility.
  • Wear a bright yellow reflective vest to help others see you.
  • Use extra caution when entering and exiting vehicles, including three points of contact.
  • Be careful when climbing ladders and steps. Use both hands on a ladder and the handrail around steps. Take care to get a good foothold.
  • Dress warmly with gloves, hat and appropriate footwear.
  • Take frequent warming breaks when working outdoors.
  • Perform vehicle inspections, paying special attention to tires, windshield wipers, heaters, lights and other important components that can impair safe winter driving if not operating properly. Clean windshields and mirrors regularly.
  • Slow down and use good judgment to prevent injuries and accidents in cold weather.

Winter is our best time of year. Make the most of it by staying safe.

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Benny Gay is vice president of operational support at ThompsonGas. He can be reached at

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