Winter is not over in North Carolina, and there is still a chance for cold, icy and even snowy weather. While this type of weather can be fun and enjoyable, it can also be quite dangerous — especially in the workplace. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with situations that could lead to potential winter workplace accidents.
Snow and ice removal
Employers are responsible for clearing snow and ice from surfaces where workers and customers will be. This includes spaces like sidewalks, stairs and sometimes even the street or parking area. However, employers should only assign the fewest possible workers to these tasks to minimize the risk of injuries. Other preventative measures include:
- Using wet floor signs
- Evaluating sturdiness of roofs and elevated surfaces
- Properly training employees
Workers also need the right equipment to clear away snow and ice, or to accomplish their work tasks in wintery weather in a safe manner. Non-slip winter boots or other footwear are a good example of safety equipment that can help prevent serious injuries. Workers may also want to ask about equipment like eye protection, reflective vests, hard hats and gloves.
North Carolina employers should prioritize preventing workplace accidents, and when they do not, it is usually the workers who end up seriously hurt. Recovering from a traumatic injury can be a long journey though, which means taking time off work and losing out on paychecks. This is why there is no time to lose when seeking workers’ compensation benefits.