The Pacific Northwest rain has arrived and there are reports of snow in the mountains, which is great news for skiers, but a serious concern for our employees. Colder weather and increased precipitation can cause hazardous working and driving conditions. Here are some tips for staying safe in the colder, wetter months!
Getting TO Work Safely!
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and maintain extra distance between other vehicles on the road.
- Take a moment to check your state DOT website for road conditions.
- Always head out with a FULL tank of gas!
- Watch for freezing temperatures (which can mean black ice) or standing water over roadways.
- For remote job locations, it’s a good idea to carry flares, food, water, and a blanket in case you get stuck for an extended period of time.
- Have traction tires on and/or chains ready in your vehicles.
Winter driving may require the use of chains and it is important to remember to obey all signage and postings. Washington and Oregon have different requirements for the use of chains on commercial vehicles so do your research ahead of time.
Recommended Wet Weather Gear
- Water repellent clothing, bibs, and visibility jackets
- Waterproof boots, hats/hoods
Recommended Cold Weather Gear
- Waterproof boots with insulation and adequate traction.
- Two layers of socks including an inner layer of nylon or polyester to wick away moisture and an outer layer of cotton, wool or fleece.
- Layers provide insulation and prevent bulkiness, which can hinder movement
- Insulated coveralls.
- Insulated gloves.
- Hats that cover your ears.
- Prevent slip and fall injuries by knocking snow from boots before climbing ladders & equipment.
- Watch out for yourself and others by knowing the symptoms of cold-related illnesses such as frostbite, and hypothermia:
- Frostbite: numbness, stinging sensation, aching, loss of feeling, bluish or pale skin
- Hypothermia: Intense shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination, fatigue