Freeze-Thaw Cycle Makes for Slippery Surfaces

It’s that time of year once again where we notice the freeze-thaw cycle. What does this mean exactly? Well, as we transition from the cold winter weather to the spring, the ice and snow melts. This makes for very muddy and wet conditions. When the weather decides to get cold again, all this melt will freeze once again, making for some very slippery conditions. The best way to protect yourself from this is to be mindful of slippery surfaces — especially when weather temperatures dip below zero. If you do notice slipper surfaces anywhere in your work area, please take the time to mitigate the danger to others by applying some sand or salt to the area. If you have any challenges with slippery areas, bring it up to your Supervisor so they can help advise you on the best way to correct the unsafe situation. Another thing you should be mindful during this period is muddy conditions. With everything melting, it seems like everywhere you step, you’ll find mud! This can sometimes result in an accumulation of mud on your boots — which can be very dangerous while walking, climbing or using equipment. Please remember to check your footwear regularly during the day for a build-up of mud, and clean them to prevent a possible slip injury.