Did you know that your muscles work much harder in colder weather in order to keep warm? When your muscles are working harder, you become fatigued more quickly than in warmer weather. This is one thing to be mindful of if you are a construction worker or industrial worker in New York. As the temperatures get colder, be mindful of these safety tips.
If possible, take breaks when you notice yourself becoming over-fatigued
Drowsiness at a dangerous job site can be fatal! Step into a warm, dry area if you notice your eyes burning or becoming heavy, or you begin to yawn frequently.
Don’t work alone
Working in teams or groups can prevent serious accidents. If one worker begins to lose focus or becomes ill, there are other workers there to help prevent a disaster.
Eat right and stay hydrated
Eating protein-rich meals and staying hydrated is extremely important for construction workers during the winter months. Dehydration is actually much more common in colder months, so stay alert by fueling up with lots of protein and liquids.
Wear appropriate clothing
You may have protective gear that you are required to wear, but additionally, be sure to wear warm jackets, pants, and boots in order to stay warm. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can cause you to lose feeling in your limbs or cause you to shake, neither of which are safe at a jobsite.
Don’t come to work sick
If you have flu-like symptoms or a high fever, call in sick. These types of illnesses can cloud your judgment and impair your ability to work safely, so it’s better just to stay home.
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