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How to stay safe while working outside

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

If you live in upstate New York, you know that the weather can change with little warning. Therefore, if you happen to be working outdoors, it’s important that you pay attention to the forecast to ensure that you’re prepared for the elements. It’s also important that you pay attention to your surroundings when working outdoors. This may help to ensure that you don’t get hurt by passing vehicles, animals or other hazards that you may encounter.

How you can prepare for working in almost any weather conditions

If you happen to be working during periods of extremely cold weather, be sure to have several layers of clothing on. It’s also important to have access to warm beverages and areas that are protected from wind and cold temperatures.

While working in hot weather, it’s important to wear clothes that are made from breathable fabrics and that feature light colors. You should also have access to sunscreen, bug repellant and anything else that you might need to protect your skin from damage.

What might cause an animal attack?

When working outdoors, avoid animal encounters if possible to reduce the risk of injury. Getting between a mother and her cubs could cause an animal to attack you. An attack might also occur because you got between an animal and its meal or because a creature is trying to protect its territory. You may be able to protect yourself by staying far away and carrying a cellphone that you can use to call for help.

How to avoid other types of accidents

While working on a construction site, be sure to listen for signs of vehicles or other large machines. You should also adhere to the safety plan that your supervisor will likely review each day before work begins. If you are hurt despite your best efforts, you may have grounds to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.

If you are hurt at work, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. You should tell your employer about your injuries as quickly as possible before you file a workers’ compensation claim.