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Tips for working in cold weather

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

It isn’t uncommon to work in cold, windy and wet conditions during the winter months in Colorado. Therefore, it is important to learn how to work in those conditions so that you can avoid frostbite, falling on hard surfaces or other issues that may occur while performing tasks during periods of inclement weather.

Make sure to wear proper clothing

Ideally, any clothes that you wear will be waterproof and breathable. This will ensure that you remain dry and comfortable while working in areas covered by snow, ice or liquid water. It’s also important to wear boots that minimize your risk of slipping on hard surfaces and gloves that allow you to maintain a good grip on any tools that you might use on a regular basis.

Don’t be afraid to head indoors if necessary

Your employer should provide you with some form of temporary shelter while working outdoors. For instance, there may be a heated tent located near a job site that you can use to warm up after long stretches of working in cold or windy conditions. Alternatively, you may be able to get warm by spending time in your car or any other structure that is protected from the elements.

Remain in contact with your colleagues at all times

If you are working remotely, be sure to take a cellphone, radio or other communication device wherever you happen to be performing tasks for your employer. This can minimize the risk that you are stranded for too long if you get wet, get buried under a pile of snow or encounter other types of emergency situations. Even if you are rescued in a timely manner, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are hurt in a workplace accident.

If you are injured at work for any reason, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Ideally, you will report your injuries to your employer as quickly as possible, and it is also usually in your best interest to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.

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