Just as extreme heat can lead to dehydration, heat stroke and a variety of other health concerns, there are problems that can come into play when working in cold weather and snow.
As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you know that the winter months can bring quite a bit of snow to the area. So if you'll be working outside, you need to know what you should and shouldn't be doing.
Here are some of the many things you can do to work safely in the snow:
- Always wear weather and safety appropriate clothing
- Do your best to avoid getting your clothing or shoes wet
- Protect your hands, feet, ears and face at all times
- Wear the appropriate shoes, both to protect your feet from the cold and to maintain proper traction
- Avoid touching cold metal surfaces unless you are wearing gloves
- Don't ignore any signs and symptoms of frostbite
Even if you do these things, you could find yourself facing some trouble when working in cold and snowy conditions. For instance, if you're attempting to climb a ladder when it's snowing, your foot could slip.
If you are injured on the job, don't hesitate to call for help (or ask a coworker to do so). Once you receive medical treatment, you'll have a clear idea of the injuries you're dealing with and your long term prognosis.
If you are unable to immediately return to work, turn your attention to the workers' compensation system. You may have the ability to file a claim for benefits, which will bring you some financial relief during this difficult time.
Source: Seton, "Working Safely in Cold Weather: Dealing With Cold Stress, Snow and Ice," Emmanuel Dugenia, accessed Dec. 06, 2017