December 5th, 2014|
Winter has arrived in the Hoosier state and for those who must work in the cold climates, the risks and hazards that are present at worksites can grow exponentially. That’s why the Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to point out some of the most common dangers workers face in the winter months and what you should do if you’re injured on the job.
According to WorkersCompensation.com, some of the most regularly seen causes for on-the-job accidents in the winter months include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents- Freezing temperatures often cause ice to form, which can increase the risk of slips, trips, and falls at the workplace.
- Transportation Accidents– Ice is also a hazard on the road. Considering transportation accidents are already a leading cause of on-the-job injuries, you can expect the number of such incidents to rise during the winter.
- Hypothermia– If your core temperature drops due to exposure to cold weather, your body can begin shutting down. This can result in hospitalization—and even death.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning– Heating sources often burn fuel, which creates carbon monoxide. If areas where fuel-burning heating elements are used aren’t well ventilated, toxic gasses can build up. When this happens, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, which results in unconsciousness and eventually death.
If you’ve been injured on the job, our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers suggests you immediately report the incident to your employer. The next action you should take is getting the medical attention you need. Finally, we urge you to speak with an attorney regarding your legal rights to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Our legal team can be reached to discuss your situation by calling (800) 477-7315.