SAFETY TIP TUESDAY- NCESD

Provided by the North Central ESD Workers Compensation Trust

WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND . . .

Winter brings snow, ice, slush, slippery conditions . . . and slip/fall injuries.


Wear boots with non-skid soles and traction/gripping devices, i.e., Yaktrax.

WINTER WALKING SAFETY TIPS:

WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR -

  • Boots with heavy tread and flat bottoms; and Traction/gripping devices such as YakTrax.

SELECT YOUR ROUTE CAREFULLY –

  • Stick to sidewalks.
  • Avoid shortcuts and areas around construction sites – snow may hide holes and other hazards.


Use extreme caution -


Shuffle your feet and take short steps – it reduces your chances of falling.

Leave your hands/arms free for balance.

On stairs, use the handrail and plant your feet firmly on each step.

Walk like a penguin –knees bent slightly and feet pointed out slightly.


Don’t cross in front of moving snowplows and sanding trucks – it’s safer to cross behind.

Observe extreme caution when entering and exiting vehicles. Warm soles on compact snow/ice can increase the risk of slip/falls. Hang onto the vehicle for support.

Watch out for black ice, overhead/falling hazards (icicles or snow/ice on sloping roofs and in trees), and wet floors/stairways.

Never attempt to walk on a smooth stone, tile, or ceramic surface wearing YakTrax – take them off before entering a building!

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North Central ESD Workers' Compensation Trust

Providing Risk Management Services to Reduce On-The-Job Injuries