Snowy, windy weather can increase your risk for a fallOne of the biggest risks for construction workers is the potential for a fall that could leave them severely injured or even dead. Regardless of whether someone works on the roof of a residential property or provides welding for structural steel in larger buildings, a fall while at work could prove devastating for the worker. Proper gear can do a lot to help people avoid slips and falls during optimal weather conditions. Work boots with excellent tread, harnesses and other safety equipment can keep construction workers safely in place while working at dangerous heights. Unfortunately, in the winter months, snow accumulation, high winds and other factors can increase the likelihood of construction workers in open or elevated places experiencing a fall. Additionally, those same risks might increase the potential for other construction workers to drop tools or equipment or having such items slide from their position above you, leading to falling object injuries.
The weather itself can pose a threatBeing out in sub-zero temperatures can be unpleasant while walking from your vehicle to your place of work. If you have to be out in those temperatures for hours on end, you run the risk of developing injuries, including cold stress and frostbite. Warming stations, windbreaks and even shorter shifts may all become necessary for the safety of construction workers in the worst weather. If there’s any silver lining to these seasonal risks, it’s that winter construction projects can involve premium pay and that workers’ compensation claims can protect some workers, while claims against companies that don’t ensure a safe work environment may help others who end up hurt on the job.
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