Injured in the Cold While on the Job?
Categories: Workers Comp
If your job is outdoors, the cold weather can be downright dangerous and can cause serious on-the-job injuries. While all Seattle employers should be vigilant about protecting their workers from freezing temperatures, sadly many do not. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined several ways employers can protect their employees from the effects of the cold, yet many Seattle-based employers do not follow these tips. The results can be devastating for employees and their families.
OSHA’s Recommended Tips to Protect Workers in Cold Environments:
OSHA’s Cold Stress Card is a reference card with recommendations to prevent and combat cold-weather injuries. Some of their tips include:
- Surveying the workplace for conditions that may be dangerous
- Learn the signs of cold-induced illnesses and injuries
- Train workers to recognize those signs
- Encourage all workers to wear proper clothing for cold, windy and rainy weather—especially layers of clothing
- Allow workers to take frequent short breaks in warm dry shelters
- Schedule work for the warmest portion of the day
- Avoid overworking employees
- Allow workers to work in a buddy system so they can monitor each other for warning signs
- Drink warm sweet beverages
- Eat warm foods
- Monitor workers who have health conditions or heart conditions closely in cold weather
Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, especially below freezing ones, can cause serious health problems, including frostbite, trench foot, and hypothermia. Immersion in cold water or extremely prolonged exposure can even result in death. It is important for all employers, managers, and workers to know the warning signs of cold weather illness, including:
- Uncontrolled shivering
- Slurred speech
- Clumsy movements
- Confused behaviors
- Numbness or tingling of extremities
- Pain and swelling in feet or hands
- Weak pulse
- Shallow breathing
- And more
Contact Seattle Worker’s Compensation Attorneys
If you have been injured on the job and have questions regarding your worker’s compensation, an experienced Seattle worker’s compensation attorney at Phillips Law Firm can help. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our Seattle worker’s compensation attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Phillips Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Federal Way, Bellingham, Marysville, Lakewood, Redmond, Shoreline, and throughout the State of Washington.