As the weather starts to cool down, workers everywhere must anticipate bitter cold outdoor temperatures, hazardously icy grounds, and other unsafe winter-related circumstances for their safety and the safety of others.
Winter may be the season of holiday festivities, but it is also the season for dangerous slip-and-falls and cold-related injuries and illnesses. Awareness is critical for preventing tragedy, but practicing safety precautions could save you from the burden of lost work, wages, and even lives due to workplace injuries. Here are some tips to keep in mind when working in cold weather conditions:
- Know the symptoms of cold stress. Reddening skin, tingling, pain, swelling, leg cramps, numbness, and blisters are all signs of cold-related distress that, if left unmonitored and unattended to, could result in severe injury and even death.
- Dress appropriately for the cold. If working outside in cold weather conditions, you should wear at least three layers of loose-fitting clothing, insulated gloves and boots, and a warm head covering.
- Be mindful of your physical condition and that of your coworkers. Be on the lookout for conditions like chilblains, which are the painful and potentially life-threatening inflammation of blood vessels in the skin that could result in trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia. Symptoms include rash, itching, burning, ulcers, and red patches on the skin.
- Avoid damp environments. Damp, cold conditions are especially hazardous, as moisture can increase heat loss from the body.
- Take frequent breaks in warm and dry areas. You should limit your exposure to the extreme cold and take breaks in a safe, warm place.
- Drink warm beverages. A quick and simple way to warm up in the bitter cold outside conditions is to drink tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or any other warm drink.
I’ve Been Injured At Work Due To Freezing Conditions. What Should I Do?
If you have been hurt or harmed at work while working in cold conditions, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. At Freeburn Law, our attorneys will work tirelessly to recover the best possible compensation for your workplace injury. Contact us today by submitting an inquiry form online or calling our office at 717-777-7777. At Freeburn Law, we will fight for you.