It isn’t uncommon for temperatures to drop well below freezing during the winter months in Colorado. Furthermore, you are likely to encounter snow, ice and other obstacles while attempting to work outside at any point between December and March. Let’s take a look at what you can do to avoid getting hurt while performing tasks outdoors.
Cover as much of your body as possible
On cold or windy days, exposed skin could experience symptoms of frostbite in as little as 30 minutes. Exposed skin could also be vulnerable to frostbite if it contacts an extremely cold liquid or cold surface. Ideally, you will wear a hat, gloves and other warm clothing that covers your arms and legs. If possible, wear boots made from pure leather or other waterproof materials to keep your feet dry throughout the day.
Know how to stay warm
Your employer should allow you to come inside as often as necessary to avoid frostbite or hypothermia. At a minimum, you should have access to a heated tent that offers some sort of respite from the wind and cold. If you are working in a remote location, be sure to bring a thermos full of hot soup or tea. Consuming a hot cup of soup or tea can help keep you warm if you’re unable to be inside for long periods of time.
What are the symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia?
Excessive shivering, bright red skin and slurred speech are common signs of hypothermia. Signs of frostbite typically include numbness, skin that appears blue or white in color and excessive joint or muscle stiffness. If you experience any of these symptoms while on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you suffer an injury at work for any reason, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages. An attorney may be able to help you file a workers’ compensation claim or help you figure out why your claim was denied.