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Walking on Ice Safety

January 24, 2024 - Posted By Livia Valpassos

At BEST, safety always comes first, and besides all our safety training provided to our team members, we always bring safety tips to the managers so they can review them with the team on daily huddles. One topic we brought out, and it's valuable information to publish here, is the importance of being careful while walking in the snow.

In months, when the ground is frozen, ground frost and ice can make it slippery for walking. No matter how well the snow is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, there will still be slippery places. Everyone needs to know those dangers and learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces. Check some safety tips below:

  • If it's cold out, assume all surfaces are slippery and approach cautiously.

  • Wear footwear that will provide traction and a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you fall.

  • Keep your eyes ahead of you when you walk looking for snow- or ice-covered walkways, avoid shortcuts and stick to designated areas.

  • Point your feet outwards like a penguin to increase your center of gravity.

  • Always use the hand railings when walking on steps, and plant your feet firmly on each step.

  • Try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists, or spine. Try to fall on a fleshy part of your body, such as your side.

  • Don't text or talk on your phone and walk simultaneously.

  • Try to Avoid carrying heavy things that can make you lose your balance or significant things that could block your view. If possible, use a backpack to keep your hands free.