There is no stopping changing of the seasons. Time and tide wait for no man. The winter season comes around every year, it is just around the corner. Just like every year throughout history, all we can do is adapt to it. Some of us can recall the Big Freeze of 1963 as one of the coldest winters on record in the United Kingdom. There are lessons learnt back then that still affect how we operate during the winter months today. If this winter is anywhere near as harsh as the winter of ‘63, coupled with Covid, we will be in trouble.
Certainly, cold weather poses greater hazards and brings with it extra risks, especially to those who work outdoors. You could say that most work is done from home due to the pandemic. But let us admit that work from home jobs are mostly office work. There is still a need for ground workers, road workers, delivery drivers and construction workers and other such outdoor labourers.
In this article, let us place ourselves to the position of those who work in logistics.
Even though construction workers were allowed to visit the work site amid COVID19, the winter weather will also cause additional hazards to them that could lead to injury, permanent impairment, or even death. Cold associated risks are building collapse as concrete does not dry well during the cold unlike in summer. Moreover, prolonged exposure to cold can lead to frostbite or hypothermia which is also dangerous for their physical safety.
Mail couriers and delivery services
The growth of the e-commerce sector also means an increase in deliveries of goods to customers. People who drive during the winter months are at risk as roads are slippery, with ice and snow being major hazards on the road.
If you have any acquaintances, friends, or a family member that works outdoors during the winter, be sure to remind them that safety always comes first. They should be looking out for themselves and their colleagues. We know that earning money is important and losing a job will bring with it further financial instability and uncertainty, but it is important that we stay alive too.