Working outdoors during the winter in Ohio presents many challenges. It’s imperative that employers take steps to ensure that employees remain safe, especially when it’s cold outside and snow and ice are on the ground. There are several ways that this can be done so that the risk of worker injury is minimal.
Protection from the cold
The cold temperatures of winter here in Ohio can lead to frostbite and similar conditions. Workers can combat this by dressing in layers and making sure that they have as much skin covered as possible. Employers should provide workers with a warm, dry place to get out of the cold during breaks. Taking these breaks can help to prevent hypothermia by allowing the body to warm up before going back outdoors.
Preventing falls and slips
Slips and falls on ice and snow can lead to serious injuries. Workers should wear appropriate shoes, such as snow boots, for the outdoor conditions. It might also be necessary to give them extra time to complete tasks because they need to be extra careful about moving safely during inclement weather conditions. Everyone needs to remember to be careful when walking into buildings because entryways can be extra slippery due to melted snow.
Workers who suffer injuries because of these factors should ensure they get the medical care they need. Seeking workers’ compensation benefits after an injury can cover the cost of that care, as well as providing other benefits like partial wage replacement. Some workers might have to fight for these benefits, so working with an attorney who’s familiar with workers’ compensation may be beneficial.