Marley outlines key tips for safer working in inclement weather

Marley outlines key tips for safer working in inclement weather

It is important to recognise the risks that come with outdoor working, particularly in wintery conditions. Roofers are especially at risk, with strong winds when working at height proving tricky while icy conditions can mean the risk of slips and falls also rises.

As part of its annual Winter Safety campaign, Marley has pulled together guidance that merchants can share with their customers to help them stay safe — and is even giving away hundreds of Marley-branded snoods to help keep workers warm in winter.

Marley’s Top Tips:

Gloves should be worn wherever possible to minimise the impact of the cold on workers’ hands and fingers.

Forfeiting a high vis jacket for a bulkier winter coat may be tempting, but layering up is better for both breadth of movement as well as being able to keep the appropriate PPE on. Snoods, like the ones Marley is giving away, keep the neck, face and ears warm but can fit easily underneath hard hats to avoid any compromise in safety.

Appropriate footwear is crucial when working in potentially slippery conditions and water-resistant shoes or ice grips can help reduce risk of slipping on icy or wet surfaces.

Daniel Redfern, Marketing Manager at Marley, said: “We should not underestimate the risks involved in working outdoors during the cold winter months and the potential impact that it can have on the health and wellbeing of workers.

“Roofers are more prone to colds, chest infections, injuries and fatigue as they work outdoors through challenging conditions. Each year our Winter Safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks and provide guidance on how to keep those working outdoors safe this winter.

“Whilst it’s important that workers are mindful of their environment and understand the importance of wearing their PPE correctly, employers also need to ensure appropriate risk assessments have been carried out and that they take every precaution to keep their teams safe this winter.”

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