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Don’t let winter slip you up: The 5 most common workplace injuries to avoid this season

January 5th

Don’t let winter slip you up: The 5 most common workplace injuries to avoid this season

As the temperatures dip and snow starts to blanket the valleys of Utah, it’s important for workers everywhere to stay cautious in order to minimize their risk of suffering a winter injury.

We at Davis & Sanchez know that winter weather can be treacherous — snow and ice can lead to slips and falls; cold air means dry skin, an increased risk of frostbite, and more; days are shorter now so fatigue may set in sooner than normal.

Don’t let winter slip up on you: read on for some key advice to stay safe at work this season!

The 5 most common workplace injuries during winter, and how to prevent them

Working in cold weather conditions can be dangerous, as workers are at a higher risk for experiencing certain types of injuries. The five most common workplace injuries during winter are:

  • Slips and falls
  • Frostbite and dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Overexertion
  • Icy machinery accidents

Unfortunately, no amount of vigilance could always prevent an accident from occurring.

Should you find yourself in need of a qualified legal consultant after sustaining a work-related injury this winter season in Utah, read on for tips and information that could help lift some burden off your shoulders.

Slip and fall injuries

First, slips and falls can occur when walking on icy surfaces.

When walking on icy surfaces, it is important to take your time and move with caution. Slipping and falling is a real risk during the winter months due to the icy terrain, so it is essential to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense when navigating these hazardous environments.

If you do happen to fall, make sure to protect your head by tucking and rolling as this will reduce the severity of injury significantly. Wear appropriate attire that gives you adequate traction as well, such as winter boots with rubber soles or crampons for additional grip.

Taking these simple precautions can help keep you safe when traversing icy terrain this winter season.

Frostbite and dry skin

Second, cold weather can lead to dry skin and an increased risk of frostbite.

Dry skin is a common problem in the wintertime. The cold, dry air can suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving it feeling tight and itchy. You can help protect your skin from the elements by using a moisturizer regularly, and avoiding long periods of exposure to the cold.

Frostbite is another risk associated with winter weather. This condition occurs when your skin is exposed to very cold temperatures for a long time, causing it to freeze. Symptoms of frostbite include tingling, numbness, and pain. If you think you may have frostbite, seek medical attention immediately.

Fatigue

Third, days are shorter now so fatigue may set in sooner than normal.

This means that people have less time to rest and recuperate, which can lead to them feeling tired sooner. This can be a challenge for people who have busy lives, as they may not be able to get the amount of sleep they need.

It is important to try to make time for rest, even if it is just for a short period of time, in order to stay healthy and energized.

Overexertion

Fourth, workers may be injured while shoveling or lifting heavy items outdoors.

When shoveling or lifting heavy items outdoors, it is important to take precautionary measures to avoid injury. One way to do this is to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and take breaks as needed.

Additionally, be sure to use the correct form when shoveling or lifting, and always ask for help if needed. By following these simple tips, workers can stay safe while performing these tasks.

Icy machinery

Finally, workers may be injured while working with icy machinery.

Machinery used to clear ice and snow can be very dangerous when it is covered in ice. Icy machinery can cause workers to slip and fall, which can lead to serious injuries.

In order to stay safe while working with this machinery, it is important to take precautions such as wearing the proper safety gear and being aware of your surroundings.

Hurt at work?

With winter comes an increased risk for certain workplace injuries. By being aware of the most common injuries and taking precautions, you can help prevent an injury from happening to you or a co-worker.

Are you unsure whether or not your injury is work-related?

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If you have experienced any of these injuries while on the job, contact us today for a free case evaluation.

We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.

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