Safety for All Seasons

This time of year, the changing of the seasons in many parts of our country puts Mother Nature at center stage, with leaves turning from crisp greens to golden yellows, oranges and reds.

Soon, many of us will be raking those leaves after they fall from the trees and doing other fall yard work associated with getting ready for the onset of winter.

Strenuous outdoor work also means the potential for injury, including to the back, shoulders and wrists when twisting, bending, lifting, and reaching.  Improper use of lawn tools can sometimes make things worse.

Simple precautions – like stretching, and wearing gloves and safety glasses – are important parts of our backyard routine. Paying attention to the job at hand and eliminating distractions – especially around saws, mowers and hedge trimmers – can further reduce or eliminate injuries and possibly a trip to the doctor.  It’s important we all practice good safety habits at home no matter what the season calls for.

Skanska ID site visit to SKW at Sparrows Point, MD

Safety on our job sites is no different. In the final months of 2016, we’re working to reduce distractions and promote neat and tidy project sites in order to prevent injuries to our employees and our subcontractors.

On job sites, we see distractions in many forms, including: 

• Inattentive equipment or vehicle operators are responsible for a high percentage of incidents where a piece of machinery hits or runs into something;

• Messy site conditions and poor housekeeping contribute to slips, trips, and falls, which comprise a significant number of injuries;

• Preoccupied workers suffer from lacerations and abrasions at an alarming rate as a result of being distracted on the job.

Fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy with family and friends. Simple precautions when doing outdoor work can help make sure we get to join in the fun.

Paul Haining

Paul Haining

Chief environment, health and safety officer

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