The cold, frigid months of winter are here, and for many Colorado employees the work must go on, even in the freezing temperatures. While completely shielding yourself from all cold working hazard injuries is impossible, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself as much as possible. Knowing how to prepare to work in wintry conditions and identify the signs of injuries are a couple keys to surviving these rough environments.
Whether you’re a sanitation worker, emergency personnel or in construction, all these jobs and many others require basic safety protocols to help prevent workers from suffering a cold weather-related injury.
The most common types of cold injuries are hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot. Asthma and arthritis can also be aggravated when out in frigid conditions.
How can you can tell when you’re experiencing a cold weather injury?
- Exposed areas of skin may be hard to the touch
- Confusion or dizziness
- Redness of skin with gray or white splotches on it
How can you protect yourself from getting a cold weather work injury?
- Dress in layers
- Have an extra change of clothes if you get wet
- Do everything you can NOT to get wet
- Drink plenty of sweetened liquids
- Take breaks out of the cold temperatures
- Wear waterproof gloves and boots
- Wear a facemask or warm hat
If you’re an outdoor worker that has experienced a winter weather injury while on duty and feel that you aren’t being compensated appropriately, please contact our experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney Mack Babcock for a free consultation.
For more detailed information regarding recognizing and preventing cold weather injuries, please refer to our knowledge center. Bundle up and keep safe out there this winter!