For people working on constructions sites, the health and safety issues that are faced daily are already relatively high. During the winter months, these risks rise as the temperature plummets.
Knowing the risks and understanding how they can be controlled is the job of both the employer and employee or contractor.
By being exposed to cold temperatures for extended periods of time, workers can experience general discomfort, increased strain on muscles, decreased performance and concentration levels, and an increase in cold-related diseases and injuries.
When the body’s core temperature drops below 35°C it is defined as hypothermia, which, along with frostbite, is one of the more extreme dangers of prolonged work in cold environments.