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Winter Safety Tips for Construction Workers

Construction is a dangerous occupation at any time of year, but winter poses specific weather-related safety hazards for employees. Following these tips can help prevent winter-related workplace injuries and illnesses:

  • Monitor the weather forecast: Both employers and employees should check the weather forecast regularly so that they are not caught off guard when storm conditions arise. Work cannot be performed on construction sites during blizzards, hail, fog, high winds, or other dangerous weather. On extremely cold days, time outside should be limited.
  • Training: Employees should know the signs and symptoms of winter-related injuries and illnesses, such such as frost bite, hypothermia, and trench foot. Uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsiness, and lack of coordination are all symptoms of hypothermia, and emergency help should be called for immediately.
  • Wear proper gear: In winter, workers need to be dressed properly to prevent cold-related injuries and illnesses. Staying dry is an essential part of preserving body heat. Workers should dress in layers with a base layer that is insulating and moisture wicking and an outer layer that is waterproof. Protect extremities by wearing warm socks with insulated waterproof boots and waterproof hats and gloves.
  • Stay hydrated: Despite the cold temperatures, dehydration can occur in cold weather when workers dressed to stay warm are perspiring from exertion. They often do not consider rehydrating because of the winter weather. Replenishing fluids in cold weather is important for staying well.
  • Take breaks to warm up: Construction workers should have a heated area for breaks, such as tents or trailers with portable heaters. Here, they can rehydrate with a warm drink and recover from exposure to the elements before returning to work.
  • Watch out for slippery areas: Snow and ice should be removed from the worksite. Slip and falls are one of the most common workplace accidents, and in winter, they happen when snow and ice accumulate. Daily inspections of the worksite should be conducted to identify icy patches before work begins.
  • Use the buddy system: Workers can team up to hold each other accountable for staying hydrated, taking regular breaks, keeping dry, and checking for signs of cold-related injury or illness.

Winter weather is a serious threat to construction workers and should be taken seriously.

Delaware County Work Injury Lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Fights for the Rights of Injured Construction Workers During the Winter

Every worker has the right to a safe work environment, including during the cold winter months. If you have been injured and need help getting your Workers’ Compensation benefits, contact our experienced Delaware County work injury lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. Call us at (610) 892-4940 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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From our office located in Media, PA we serve the surrounding areas of

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I have known Deb for years now and it all started in 2009 when I got hurt and needed legal help with my workers comp. I randomly chose Deb because of the things I read on her website and I liked that she had a take charge attitude about just about everything. She out-lawyered someone and got me more in a settlement for that and then also worked with me on another case and won that one as well for me. If you get to know Deb and her personal story, you will get to know an amazing single mom who has had her own struggles and has come out so much stronger. She will fight for you if you do your part as a client and follow her guidance. I have now used two women lawyers in Media and three men and I actually found the two women far more effective and both won my cases that the men lost. Without Deb and my other lawyer winning the cases for me that they did - I could have found myself disabled for good with no money to pay for the life I live because I can’t work now. I credit my ability to be able to eat and have transportation and all. I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work they did for me. Deb has won two of my cases and I would absolutely refer others to her for the same kinds of cases and I would use her again if I ever needed her help again!
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If you ever need a worker’s compensation attorney, I highly suggest using Deborah Truscello. I had a work accident injury and was referred to Deborah. She was with me every step of the way, with this long-drawn-out process. She was there any time I had questions or needed advice on my rehabilitation. Now my case is settled. I am very happy how things turned out and I owe it all to her. I can't thank her enough. I will use her again if I ever need too.
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