The winter storms in Utah can provide significant snow fall and
sometimes the snow is wet and heavy. Common injuries associated with snow removal are
slips and falls, heavy lifting back injuries, finger and arm injuries.
Here are a few safety tips during snow removal.
This is a strenuous workout. Every winter people hurt themselves shoveling
snow, ranging from minor aches and pulled muscles to fatal heart attacks. Back injuries are among
the most common injury resulting from snow shoveling. Stretching first is always good. If possible, wait until later in the day so your body tissues are warmed up and loose.
• History of heart trouble? Consult with your doctor before heavy shoveling.
• Dress in several layers.
• Warm up those muscles.
• Pick the right shovel .
• Begin slowly, pace yourself .
• Lift correctly. Stand with feet hip width apart for balance and keep
shovel close to body. Bend knees, not back, and tighten stomach muscles as you lift snow.
• Scoop in a forward motion, step in the direction you throw the snow.
Each year, hundreds suffer from maiming or amputations of their fingers or
hands due to the improper handling of snow blowers. Average age of a person with this type of
injury is 44 years and is usually male. Snow blowers are safe when used properly.
REMEMBER – If your snow blower jams:
• Turn engine off.
• Disengage clutch.
• Wait for impeller blades to stop rotating.
• ALWAYS use a stick or a broom handles to clear impacted snow.
• NEVER put your hand down the chute or around the blades.
• Keep all shields in place. DO NOT REMOVE safety devices.