Winter Construction: How To Stay Warm On Site

Construction workers are exposed to extreme weather when on site over the winter months. It’s good to review the basics of staying warm when outdoors. This will help to keep your staff safe and reduce sick days.

Here are five ways construction workers protect their entire bodies on a work site during the winter.

Clothing

Thermally insulated coveralls are the best choice for winter work. They cover nearly all exposed skin on your body, including arms and legs, but are comfortable enough to allow you to move freely. Often, we’ll get them a little bit oversized, so we can put some layers underneath. Layering is great because if you do get overheated, you can take a layer off to cool down without exposing too much skin.

Face and Neck Protection

There are some wonderful helmet liners that work well under a hard hat. These typically fasten under the chin, so they protect your head, ears, and part of your neck. You can also wear face masks and wrap-around eye protection to hold in body heat, and a scarf is a good option for protecting the rest of the neck and is easily removable if you get hot. It’s just important to avoid dangling ends that could get caught in equipment.

Hand Protection

It’s tricky to pick just the right gloves for construction work. They need to be heavy and durable, but with the right fabric and texture to allow you to remain dexterous.

Foot Protection

The most important thing here is to have waterproof, insulated boots so no moisture seeps in; once that happens no amount of layers will keep your feet warm. However, they also need to be breathable, so your own perspiration can get out. Insulated or thermal socks are a good bet, especially with a double layer.

Working the Right Way

Movement generates heat, so the most important thing in staying warm on a cold work site is to keep moving. This is also why layering becomes important. You will sweat as you work, and that sweat could make you cold, so the more layers you have on, the easier it is to stay dry. If you think you’ll be working up a lot of sweat, it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes.

Construction work doesn’t get put on hold in the winter, so it’s very important to work around the weather as much as possible.

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