New Jersey workers who perform tasks outdoors during the winter months may be exposed to cold temperatures, ice and other hazards. Employers are required to take reasonable steps to help protect their workers from getting frostbite, slipping on an icy surface or experiencing other types of injuries.
Clear snow and ice from a job site before work begins
Ideally, stairs, walkways and other surfaces that you might walk on will be free of snow, ice or slush. This may minimize the risk of slipping, tripping or falling while attempting to perform a task. If you are hurt in a slip, trip or fall accident, an attorney may be able to help you obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
Don’t be afraid to go inside
If your face is red, your fingers are numb or your clothes are extremely wet, you shouldn’t hesitate to head indoors immediately. In some cases, simply spending a few minutes inside of your vehicle can be enough to keep your internal body temperature at a safe level.
Tips for staying warm while on the job
It may be possible to keep your body temperature up by drinking hot liquids such as tea or coffee. It is never a good idea to drink alcohol while working outside in the cold as it can work to further lower your body temperature. Finally, it is in your best interest to wear multiple layers of clothes made from fabrics designed to keep moisture away from your skin. If you are hurt while working outside, it may be in your best interest to talk to an attorney so that you can learn more about the workers’ compensation system and how to obtain the benefits that you might be entitled to.