The main objective of this session is to help you perform snow and ice removal duties safely to prevent accidents, injuries, or illness. By the time this session is over, you will be able to recognize snow and ice removal hazards; inspect equipment properly and use it safely; avoid slips, trips, and falls; shovel and lift safely to prevent back injuries; remove snow safely from roofs; and understand and prevent cold-related illness.
Why “Snow and Ice Removal Safety” Matters:
Whether your job duties involve snow and ice removal tasks during the winter months or you are clearing snow and ice around your own home, you need to work safely to prevent accidents and injuries. There are quite a few potential hazards involved in snow and ice removal—some you may already know about and others that you may not have been aware of.
- Snow and ice removal operation can be hazardous unless you take proper precautions to protect your safety and health.
- Operate all equipment safely as you have been trained to do and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Shovel and lift safely, and be extra careful when removing snow from roofs.
- Dress warmly and watch for signs of cold-related illness and fatigue.
- Do not use drugs or alcohol on the job or before coming to work.