Weather conditions and equipment:
The efforts of employees to deal with recent major snow events has been exemplary. The team must remain vigilant. Employees will likely battle cold weather and possibly even snow after the official start of spring. Keep your winter gear ready, stay aware of the forecast and be ready for conditions to change quickly. The right equipment can make all the difference. Do you have everything you need, including over-boots? As much as 10 percent of body heat can be lost through the head, so be sure to wear a hat. Specialty cold-weather garments offer warmth without bulk. Wear gloves and change them if they get wet. When dressing for the weather, allow adequate space for arm and leg movements. Maintain personal safety equipment, from radios and safety vest to flashlights and boots gloves
We must never lose sight of the importance of job briefings and must ensure that everyone is aware of any job changes or crew changes. Communication between crew members is key to maintaining a safe workplace. Clear, precise, and accurate review procedures and protocol are the rule, not the exception.
Safety starts with each of us. Stay aware every day while on duty. Every employee must be aware of what to do in case of an emergency and follow safety procedures. Don’t ignore a potential hazard — report it. Get clarification if the job is not clear; don’t assume.