Work Outside? 3 Tips To Avoid Getting Hurt On The Job This Winter

Posted on: 1 January 2016

It's always possible to get hurt on the job -- particularly when you work outside -- but it can be even more likely during the winter months. Icy and snowy conditions, for example, can put you at further risk of injury. Luckily, following these winter safety tips can help keep you safe.

1. Dress in Layers

First of all, you have to protect yourself from potential hypothermia and frostbite if you are going to be working in cold conditions. Make sure that you dress in layers to help keep yourself warm. For example, wearing thermal clothing underneath your work uniform can help provide an extra layer of protection and can help keep you comfortable and warm on cold work days. If you feel that your uniform does not provide ample protection, ask your employer about wearing a thick, insulated work coat or pair of overalls over your regular work clothing.

2. Wear Footwear with Proper Traction

You might think about toe protection and wear steel-toe boots when you are on the job, but you also have to think about the underside of your shoes. Make sure that you wear shoes or boots that have ample traction and that will help you keep your footing if you find yourself working in the ice or snow.

3. Ensure Work Conditions are Safe

Make sure that the work conditions that you are working in are as safe as possible. Your employer should take proper precautions to help keep you safe, such as using salt or de-icing solution on slippery surfaces to help keep you safe. If you feel that you are being asked to work in an overly dangerous environment, make sure to speak up. Your safety should be a number one concern, and if your employer can take steps to help keep you safe from slipping and falling or otherwise getting injured this winter, then he or she should take them. If you feel that you are being asked to work in conditions that are unsafe, you should contact your human resources department or a lawyer to assist you with the matter.

There are steps that you can take to help keep yourself safe when you are working outdoors this winter. Take these steps to help prevent injury, and if you do find that you get hurt while on the job, contact a workers compensation attorney to help you get the compensation that you need and deserve.