Falls are one of the top reported accidents according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). While the same fall hazards exist during cold weather, additional hazards can appear such as ice or snow.
To prevent the likelihood of falls in cold weather, snow should be removed and deicer applied to walking areas as soon as possible. In addition to snow and ice removal, employees should be instructed on the proper equipment and footwear when working in snowy conditions.
Employees should also be encouraged to walk slower and take smaller steps to improve balance and reduce the chances of slipping.