Winter is right around the corner and with it comes the dangers of winter weather. Personal injuries and work-related injuries during the winter months are more likely to occur just from performing simple activities.
Fortunately, you can prevent winter injuries from happening this season by knowing what to watch out for. That said, here are some of the most common winter-related work injuries and personal injuries to avoid this winter.
- Slips, trips, and falls. Slips, trips, and falls are not only the most common work-related injury during the warmer seasons but also during the winter. Puddles left from boots and icy patches can be dangerous, putting you at risk for bruising, head injuries, and other injuries. Your employer ought to be taking the proper precautions to keep these work-related injuries from happening such as using salt in the parking lots and putting up ‘wet floor’ signs.
- Car accidents. Georgia isn’t prone to snow, which can make roads and parking lots especially dangerous when it does snow. In fact, up to 3 million people are injured in the U.S. every year in car accidents. Try taking your car out into an empty parking lot when the roads start to get icy so you can get a feel for how your car responds to winter weather.
- Shoveling. For those who have shoveled when they were younger, the idea that shoveling could cause injury may be surprising. But shoveling actually takes a lot of physical exertion and can cause you to twist the wrong way or cause your muscles to seize up. That said, be sure to take it slow if your employer has you shoveling walkways while on the job.
Talk to your workers comp attorneys about premisis liability
Georgia may not be a place where snow likes to fall during the winter months, but as we saw law year sometimes the winter weather can surprise us. Your employer is required to make sure your workplace is safe for employees like you no matter the weather.
If you suffered from slip and fall accidents at your workplace because of the winter weather, your go-to workers comp attorneys at the McMahan Firm can help. To learn more about our legal services such as workers compensation and social security disability, contact the us today for a consultation.