Be a Safe Winter Walker

November 26, 2018

Winter is coming. The snow and ice brought on by the cold weather can lead to slips, trips and falls. Here are some tips for safely navigating winter walking hazards – on and off the job.

  • Walk in areas that have been cleared of snow and ice, when possible. Don’t take shortcuts through non-pedestrian areas.
  • Walk slowly – taking smaller steps and keeping your feet under your knees. Avoid sudden changes of direction.
  • Watch for holes, ruts, cracks or other depressions. Remember that snow can hide these fall hazards.
  • Make sure you have the proper winter footwear (typically boots with a good aggressive tread in a diamond style pattern). If your job assignment requires working in prolonged snowy/icy conditions, consider using winter-traction overshoe devices (which can be ordered through SAP).
  • Avoid carrying loads – if possible – and never carry materials which obstruct your view.
  • Keep both hands free (not in your pockets) for balance.
  • Always use handrails when climbing stairs.
  • Alert others to slip, trip and fall hazards.

Did You Know?

FirstEnergy reported more than 350 slips, trips and falls during the past five years. Approximately 25 percent of those mishaps involved employees who reported to office locations. Most of the recordable injuries occurred in the late fall and winter months.