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PA Work Comp Safety: Working in the Rain

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It sure hasn’t felt like it, but we’re already over a week into spring. And for Pennsylvania, that means wet days are ahead. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep safe if you are required to work outside in the rain. 
 
Wear Proper Rain Gear
When working in the rain, it’s important to wear clothes that will keep you dry and safe. Wear water-proof, non-slip boots to prevent wet feet and slips. It’s also important to wear a rain jacket with a hood to keep your upper body and head dry. It is also recommended that you wear slip-proof gloves to prevent dropping anything.  
 
Two often overlooked rain safety issues are vision and visibility. In other words, you should be able to both see and be seen. If you wear glasses or goggles, use anti-fog spray or wipes before going outdoors. Also, make sure your clothing is brightly colored. Stick to colors like orange and yellow. 
 
Move with Caution
If it’s raining outside, slipping on a wet surface or coming across damp soil is a definite risk. Because of this, it’s best to slow down when you are working in the rain. Move slowly and watch your step. Keep your eyes open for wet surfaces and soft ground. Be sure to also take extra caution when climbing ladders and working from heights. If possible, save any height-related jobs for another day. 
 
Driving in the Rain
If your job requires you to drive in the rain, it’s necessary that you allow yourself extra travel time, drive slower than usual, and brake early with less force. Avoid using cruise control and use your headlights. If the rain impacts your ability to see the road, pull over and wait for it to stop or slow down. And, of course, wear your seatbelt.  
 
DO NOT Work with Electricity
If your task involves any wires or working with electric tools, save it for another day. Working with electricity in the rain is a bad idea and can cause somebody to get electrocuted. 
 
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Scranton, or Pottsville areas, contacts PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
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