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Outdoor conditions in winter can lead to problems

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

While southern Louisiana isn’t likely to see snow and ice very often, there are still some hazards that people who work outdoors should remember during the colder winter months. It’s imperative that employers take steps to minimize these risks for the workers.

One of the most important things that employers can do is ensure that employees are equipped to face the hazards of winter at work. This means providing them with the gear they need and training them on winter work safety protocol.

Protective equipment

The colder temperatures mean that workers are at risk of hypothermia. Even if this isn’t very likely if the worker is dry, all employees must be warned about working in the cold weather if their clothing is wet. Wet clothes can reduce the employee’s core body temperature in the cold air.

Machinery safety

Working on machines in the cold weather comes with dangers. One of these is that there’s a risk of winter clothing being pulled into the moving parts of the machine. For example, long sleeves may get pulled between gears on a piece of heavy machinery. Workers should receive instructions on how to reduce the risk of their clothing getting caught in machines.

Anyone who suffers an injury due to conditions at work should ensure they get the workers’ compensation benefits they’re due. These include partial wage replacement and medical care coverage, but others might also be possible. Working with someone who’s familiar with these cases is beneficial since they can help you if you’re not being provided the benefits you’re due.