If you work in construction, there are many hazards to look out for and with very cold temperatures around the corner, the risk of an accident is especially high in certain trades. Aside from falling down as a result of snow and ice, there are other ways in which cold weather increases the odds of an accident.
Sadly, injured construction workers do not always understand their legal options or take the right steps following an accident.
How can cold weather increase the odds of an on-the-job accident?
Working in brutally cold conditions is often very hard for construction workers. For example, a construction worker could fall through an opening in a roof that they did not see because it was covered in snowfall. Or, someone could slip and fall down due to ice. Moreover, even chilly weather can make an accident more likely. Sometimes, workers who are struggling due to the cold have more difficulty using their hands or certain tools, which can increase the chances of a mishap. Moreover, workers exposed to extreme cold can also suffer from cold stress, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
How can construction accident victims move forward?
In the wake of a construction accident, it is pivotal for injured workers to address the incident properly. Aside from reporting injuries to an employer, workers also need to explore their options. For example, some obtain workers’ comp benefits that help with their injuries, while others decide to take legal action as a result of the accident. Immediately focusing on your physical, mental and financial well-being is also crucial.