Identifying risks associated in the winter

March 20, 2012 — 1,630 views  
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If you are either providing or filing for worker's compensation, there are several things that you need to know about winter risks. Cold weather often results in slippery and icy conditions, so safety guidelines should be clearly posted around a work area during this time.

Employers and employees are both responsible for managing winter risks, and St. Lawrence University published a document outlining some preventative steps that can be used to reduce the possibility of personal injury. A person should always pay attention when walking outside, especially during evening hours when low light levels make it difficult to spot obstacles. Grass should be avoided at all costs, due to its slippery surface.

Proper footwear should also be worn by everyone - this means boots or shoes with rain and snow resistant soles that can prevent slippage. Handrails can also be installed along walking paths and heavily-trafficked areas to reduce the risk of falling.

The Illinois Law Offices of Millon and Peskin also encourage the implementation of proper winter clothing to reduce the risk of cold stress. According to the website, "cold stress occurs when excessive exposure to cold causes a variety of medical problems ranging from minor to potentially deadly."