Staying safe while working outdoors during winter

As the temperatures drop, those working outdoors must take extra caution to try to avoid accidents on the job. North Carolina workers should be aware of some of the common causes of winter-related workplace accidents to prevent injuries. A serious injury could be not only physically debilitating but could also cause financial strain.

What causes outdoor accidents in winter?

While falls on ice and snow can lead to injuries for those who work outdoors, these aren’t the only concerns. Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite, hypothermia, and cold stress, a condition many aren’t aware of. When someone suffers from cold stress, they may have swelling, pain, tingling, and numbness, especially in the hands or feet.

One of the best ways to prevent injuries while working outdoors in cold weather is to always check the temperature and wind chill before heading to work. By dressing appropriately with layers and proper footwear, one may be able to prevent many accidents and injuries. It’s important to be conscious of how one feels and to take breaks to warm up when necessary. Drinking warm liquids and seeking shelter as needed can be helpful.

What to do when injured at work

Workplace injuries are common throughout the year but may happen more frequently during winter. When one is injured at work, the financial repercussions can be serious. Not being able to return to work immediately can cause undue financial strain. Fortunately, North Carolina workers have the right to seek compensation to help cover their workplace injury expenses by filing a workers’ compensation claim. An attorney can provide guidance on how to get the process started.

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