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How to work outdoors in cold weather

Depending on your profession and job responsibilities, you may find yourself working outdoors throughout the year. This holds true even during the cold fall and winter months.

As a worker in the state of Pennsylvania, working in cold weather may be something you’re used to. However, if you don’t take the right steps to protect yourself, it could result in serious injury or even death.

Here are some tips you can follow when working outdoors this winter:

  • Wear appropriate clothing: It’s best to wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, as this promotes circulation. Remember, you can always take clothes off if necessary.
  • Protect your hands, feet and face: In extremely cold weather, these areas are most prone to frostbite. So, before you leave home, grab your warmest socks, best boots, gloves and hat.
  • Take frequent breaks: Don’t push the limit when working outdoors in cold weather. Frequent breaks in a warm place, such as a vehicle or building, allow you to warm up your body. And when possible, attempt to do the majority of your work during the warmest times of the day.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of cold-related illnesses: For example, if you understand the symptoms of frostbite, you can take action should you recognize illness setting in.

Working outdoors in cold weather may not be your idea of fun, but your job may call for it.

If you suffer any type of cold-related illness or injury, report it to your supervisor and receive immediate medical treatment. Depending on the impact it has had on your body and health, you may need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

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