Five important ways to stay safe outdoors this winter

Five important ways to stay safe outdoors this winter

It snows in Arizona? In Flagstaff it sure does! To the surprise of many, this mountain town gets its fair share of the fluffy white stuff. In fact, it’s the sixth snowiest U.S. city, on par with communities such as Anchorage, Alaska, Boulder, Colorado, and Buffalo, New York.

When your company has its headquarters in Flagstaff, you know a thing or two about how to work safely in snowy, rainy, icy, and unpredictable wintertime weather. The Loven Contracting team is skilled in safely managing the impacts of local weather across the state and staying on schedule during extended periods of inclement weather conditions.

Since the official start of winter is right around the corner, we invite you to take a few minutes to learn from our safety team how to manage some of the season’s most significant outdoor safety risks. “Winter safety is all about being prepared,” said Loven Contracting Safety Superintendent Erin Hudman.

Slips and falls

Falls are one of the leading types of injuries at work and home and can cause life-threatening injuries. The risk of falling outdoors increases exponentially in inclement weather. That is why it’s critical to clear all walkways of snow and apply a de-icing material regularly and immediately after a storm.

Wearing proper footwear in the winter months is a must. When working outdoors, wear waterproof shoes with good traction, and take your time when walking on icy or snowy pathways. Do you tuck your hands in your pockets to keep them warm? It can decrease your center of gravity and balance and increase your chances of an even greater injury should you fall. Did you know that how you walk on slippery surfaces also matters? Try walking like a penguin in snow and ice.

Hypothermia and frostbite

A body temperature below 95 degrees can be life-threatening. To avoid losing too much body heat when you’re outdoors this winter, dress in layers, topped by a waterproof and wind-resistant top layer. Don’t forget to cover your head! Body heat can be lost rapidly when your head and neck are exposed.

In Flagstaff, which has its share of windy days, it’s also important to be aware of wind chill, which can quickly rob your body of warmth. Drink warm fluids (preferably without caffeine) and take frequent breaks in a heated area to maintain body heat on cold days. 

The buddy system is a must when working outside in cold weather. A colleague, friend, or family member can help monitor your well-being and get help quickly if it’s ever needed. Learn the symptoms of both hypothermia and frostbitehow to protect yourself and others and what to do if you think someone is suffering from cold stress. 

Snow shoveling/snow blower injuries

Shoveling snow and using a snowblower is strenuous work. Take frequent breaks when shoveling snow and lift with your legs, not your back. Watch the amount of snow you try to lift in your shovel (start by filling only half of your shovel for each scoop of snow) and know the signs of a heart attack. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.


Drinking enough water is as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, ‘brain fog’, and even hypothermia. Keep your water bottle close by and drink up!

Car accidents

Snow, rain, and ice make it much more challenging to maintain control of a vehicle. Are you familiar with the three-second rule? In inclement weather, consider increasing your following distance to four to eight seconds. Now is a good time to also make sure you have an emergency kit stashed in your car so that you are prepared in the event of a wintertime driving emergency.


When planning for construction in Northern Arizona, it’s essential to take the area’s unique climate into account.  With decades of experience, our team is skilled in the art of budgeting and scheduling to mitigate the impacts of snow, ice, wind and monsoon rains on our projects, including the Sacred Peaks Health Center.

At Loven Contracting, safety is our No. 1 priority. Our company has achieved and maintained the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Safety Rating, a designation earned by only six general contractors across Arizona.

 As part of Loven Contracting’s efforts to maintain the highest job safety standards, we ensure that our crews and trade partners are vigilant about safety and identifying and correcting any unsafe behaviors. It’s part of our commitment to the highest levels of jobsite safety, in all seasons.

Progress Continues on new State-of-the-Art Arizona Oncology Cancer Center in Prescott

Progress Continues on new State-of-the-Art Arizona Oncology Cancer Center in Prescott

Rendering Courtesy of Corgan

Cancer is hard enough without the challenge of trying to find one-stop care close to home. That’s why at Loven Contracting, we’re so happy to be part of a team creating the new state-of-the-art Arizona Oncology Cancer Center in Prescott that will provide greater accessibility to cancer care in Yavapai County.

Working collaboratively with partners Arizona Oncology, NexCore Group, and Corgan, Loven Contracting’s Healthcare Construction Team recently broke ground on the 22,10SF facility serving patients in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt.

The regional center at 5430 Landmark Lane in Prescott will provide convenient access to the latest cancer treatment services and technologies. “In building a new facility, we’re able to provide all of our services under one roof so patients can experience more collaborative medical care,” Iyad Hamarneh, medical oncologist with Arizona Oncology, said in a statement. “When completed, our cancer center will be the only practice in the quad-city region that will offer medical oncology, radiation oncology, and hematology services for our community.”

Arizona Oncology is one of the largest medical organizations in Arizona, with more than 75 physicians who provide comprehensive, compassionate, and high-quality cancer care. Its goal is to provide cancer treatments close to patients’ homes. NexCore Group is a national healthcare real estate investment and development company that has been recognized as one of the Top Healthcare Real Estate Developers nationwide by Modern Healthcare and Healthcare Real Estate Insights (HREI). Corgan is an award-winning architecture firm that designs innovative healthcare spaces.

The Arizona Oncology Center will offer medical oncology, surgical oncology, breast cancer treatment and diagnostics, urology services, radiation therapies (including HDR), diagnostic imaging (CT/PET, CT) laboratory diagnostics, genomic testing, nutrition services, oncology research and pharmacy, lab and hematology services.

In addition to housing a wide variety of services in one facility, the center will include several features designed to better fit the needs of cancer patients, such as a 34-chair infusion area with outdoor garden space. Once the center is complete, the Arizona Oncology team will move from its current location at 3188 N. Windsong in Prescott Valley, which it has outgrown, to the new facility.

Delivering Innovative Projects for Healthcare Systems

At Loven Contracting, our award-winning Healthcare Construction team has delivered quality projects for healthcare systems across the southwest since 1985. We understand the complex and exacting requirements of new, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and how to work safely in existing hospitals and medical centers.

Our team sets the standard for the construction of hospitals, outpatient clinics, specialty clinics, behavioral health facilities, surgery centers and specialty imaging suites. Our commitment to health and safety is second to none, and we’re one of only six general contractors in Arizona to earn the prestigious VPP Star safety rating.

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