Safety with snow removal

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

The National Safety Council recommends the following regarding snow shoveling:

  • Shoveling snow should not be done after eating or while smoking.
  • Do stretches before and after shoveling.
  • Shovel cautiously and slowly.
  • Try to shovel the snow when it is fresh and powdery as it is lighter.
  • Push the snow when possible instead of lifting it.
  • If you must lift the snow, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel.
  • Lift with your legs to help prevent back injury.
  • Work slowly in short time increments not to the point of exhaustion.

If you have a history of heart disease, do not shovel snow without the health care provider stating that it is safe for you to do so. If you feel tightness or pain in the chest or experience dizziness, stop immediately.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons encourages all to use these safe practice actions when using a snowblower.

  • If the blower jams, always turn it off.
  • Keep your hands away from all moving parts.
  • Do not drink alcohol when using the snowblower.
  • Be aware of there is a carbon monoxide risk when running a snowblower in an enclosed space.
  • Refuel your snowblower only when it is off, never when it is running.



Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.