Working outside during the winter season can be hazardous if you are not prepared for the elements. While Baltimore winters are relatively mild compared to other parts of the United States, you may still have to contend with snow, ice and cold temperatures.
Make sure to cover exposed skin
Any part of your body that is left uncovered while outdoors is at risk of becoming frostbitten. Exposed skin can come into contact with ice, snow or cold surfaces, and this can also increase your risk of frostbite, hypothermia or other health issues.
Don’t overexert yourself
The snow, sleet or slush that you’ve been tasked with removing from a work site can be extremely heavy. Therefore, it is important to take frequent breaks to ensure that you don’t experience a muscle strain, muscle tear or heart attack. If necessary, use a snow removal machine to complete your task instead of attempting to clear a given area with just a shovel.
If a machine is not available, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance shoveling a parking lot or clearing off a sidewalk. In the event that you’re injured on the job, it may be possible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Quality footwear can prevent slips or falls
It is always a good idea to wear boots that have rubber soles on them. This can minimize the likelihood that you slip or fall on an icy walkway or step. It can also reduce the chances that you slip on a wet floor if you have to travel indoors for any reason during a shift. It may be a good idea to use asphalt salt to help melt any ice that accumulated while a job site was left dormant.
An attorney may be able to provide insight into the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. He or she may help you submit necessary paperwork or find out why you haven’t received a decision on a pending claim.