Do you work outdoors? There are a lot of work hazards that you’re exposed to that normal indoor workers will never see. Depending on your type of work, season, region, geographic and the amount of time you spend outside, your risks can vary greatly.
Industries with outdoor workers include landscapers, construction workers, gardeners, groundskeepers, transportation, mining, construction, farmers, laborers, pavers, roofers, painters, roadside workers and everyone else who may work under the sun. What’s important is that these workers are properly trained. This includes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that they’re provided with the proper safety equipment.
Our Boulder workers’ compensation lawyers understand that there are some serious physical hazards that these workers face. They have to work out in the heat, the cold and in the sun. Especially for the ones completing grueling manual labor, it’s important that they’re provided with plenty of time to rest and to rehydrate themselves. These conditions work the same when working in extreme cold situations. They need to be regulated and they need to make sure that they’re body is staying warm enough.
In addition to physical hazards, many of these workers are forced to endure biological hazards. A lot of these hazards include venom from surrounding wildlife and insects, vector-borne diseases, poisonous plants, bites and much more.
With the weather cooling down for the year, it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep our out door workers warm. Luckily, the United States Department of Labor is here to offer some Safety Tips to Protect Workers in Cold Environments.
Safe Tips to Stay Warm at Work:
-Teach workers to recognize the signs and symptoms of cold-induced illnesses and injured.
-Train workers how to handle cold-related injuries.
-Eat warm and high-calorie foods to help to keep you warm.
-Drink plenty of warm and sweet beverages.
-Make sure that you always practice the buddy system. Keep an eye on one another.
-Make sure workers are all dressed appropriately.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed on the job, contact workers’ compensation lawyer Michael P. Dominick for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights today. Call (303) 447-2644.