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One of the most overlooked (arguably) hazards for this time of year is frost. At least in the northern climate.
Strains and sprains contribute to many if not most claims on the worksite. frost on smooth surfaces can cause slipping and falls. Especially in the mornings when frost can be on most surfaces and workers can be the least attentive. They can be carrying in tools and equipment and are in a hurry to get set up and started. Slipping on ramps, floors, ladders, and other surfaces should be a concern.
So what can we do to protect the worker? Perhaps starting with a "Tool Box Talk" on the hazard. Take the time to assess the work zone before beginning to set up. Carry less tools material and equipment on the first trip from the truck to the site and assess the work zone.
If you have any other ideas I would love to hear your solutions. There are many hazards on the site, every one we can eliminate, can only be a benefit.

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Comment by David Sharrow on November 4, 2009 at 7:30pm
In my opinion frost is a minor hazard whereas black or 'invisible' ice and then the occasional thaw where there is a layer of moisture over an ice accumulation are the more significant hazards for northern climates where a hard freeze occurs and stays that way. The number one self-protection method I've found to address this is proper footwear using accompanying studded or wired overshoes. Carrying manageable loads, taking one's time (no running or 'range walking'), and avoiding obvious patches of ice when possible are some other good tips to remember.

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