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Working in the rain? Beware of these safety concerns

In Pennsylvania, the rainy season has the potential to last throughout the year. Regardless of the month, you could find yourself working in wet conditions.

While it's all part of your job, don't forget that your safety is more important than anything else. When working in the rain, there are a variety of safety concerns that should immediately come to mind. These include but are not limited to:

  • Slip and fall: When a surface becomes slick, there's a greater chance that you'll lose your footing. This is particularly true if you're not wearing the appropriate footwear or watching wear you walk. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen both on the ground and at height.
  • Wet hands: When your hands get wet, you'll find it more difficult to maintain a firm grasp. This can cause serious harm when climbing a ladder or holding a power tool, and that's just two examples. Even if you're wearing weather resistant gloves, this is something to keep an eye on.
  • Puddles: For example, puddles can easily form on an unfinished construction site. If you step in one of these, assuming that it's not too deep, you may be surprised at what you find. This can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from an ankle sprain to a torn knee ligament.

Along with the above, if you drive for a living, take extreme caution when the rain begins to fall. Even though you're warm and dry inside your vehicle, the conditions outside are extremely dangerous.

Slow down, leave more following space between your vehicle and others and use your headlights to increase visibility.

Even if you take the necessary safety precautions, inclement weather could still cause a workplace accident. If that happens, stop what you are doing, report it to your supervisor and seek medical attention.

You may find that you didn't sustain a serious injury, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you suffered an injury that will prohibit you from doing your job, discuss your situation with your employer and consider the benefits of filing a workers' compensation claim. You may need to do so as a means of maintaining financial stability as you recover.

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