Pa Workers Comp Safety: Working in the Snow
Back in November, we discussed safety tips for working in the cold. And, as any Pennsylvania resident knows, with winter cold comes winter snow. Here are a few safety tips you can use to avoid getting a work-related injury when working in the snow.
Please Dress Warmly
As we mentioned in the cold safety tips article, it’s important to dress for the weather. Cover all of the body parts with waterproof gloves, hats, and coats. Dress in layers and be sure to wear insulated boots. Also, in extreme cold conditions, be sure to take plenty of breaks, especially if you start to feel too cold.
Driving in the Snow
During snow storms, driving should be avoided if at all possible. However, if you are in a situation where it is snowing and your employer says driving is absolutely necessary, there are measures you can take to make sure your trip goes smoothly. First, you should make sure that, before you go anywhere, all snow is removed from the vehicle. Be extra careful to clear all of the windows and mirrors. Also, make sure your vehicle has a functioning heater and that the tires are safe for snow travel. If you have options, try to get a vehicle that has four-wheel drive.
When on the road, be sure to use your headlights (even if it’s not dark), wear your seatbelt, and DO NOT use cruise control. Go slower than you normally would and allow yourself room to stop. A good rule of thumb is to allow three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Also, to avoid skidding, brake gently.
Watch out for Ice
If there’s snow on the ground, there’s a good chance you will encounter some icy spots. Watch where you are going and avoid running. Your employer should have all sidewalks, walkways, and parking areas salted, plowed, and safe to walk on, but this may not always be the case. Speak with your supervisor about what can be done to make your work environment a safer place in the winter.
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation. Don’t miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.