As the weather starts to break and more and more people head outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather, it’s important to remember that the change of season also brings with it its own set of spring related hazards. We trade in snow and ice for sunshine and warmer temperatures, but we also encounter flooding, dangerous driving conditions, pedestrians, outdoor workers on road crews and construction sites, along with severe storm related weather.

It’s important to recognize and be diligent of these hazards in order to protect everyone – from pedestrians walking down the street, to road crews on the highway – to ensure everyone stays safe.

Construction, landscaping and road workers are just a few of the outdoor crews that you’ll start to see more of in the coming weeks. It’s imperative as an employer that you ensure the safety of your employees, as well as the pedestrians that may come near these sometimes dangerous work zones.  No matter the details of your job, here are some helpful tips to ensure everyone is safe at the end of the day.

* Set up appropriate parameters and boundaries to keep your crew contained and unwanted vehicles or spectators out.
* Keep your site clean and clear or excess debris, including proper storage of tools and equipment.
* Always wear the proper safety gear.  From high visibility t-shirts to ensure everyone can be seen properly, to full brim hard hats to keep those noggins safe, to safety utility gloves proper protective gear will go a long way to keeping everyone safe and productivity at its peak.  Out with the old gear and in with the new this spring to ensure your employees are as safe as possible.