Winter weather is uncomfortable, and for those who work outdoors, it can be downright brutal. On top of the general discomfort that comes with being outside in freezing or near-freezing temperatures, numerous additional safety hazards are present during the colder months of the year. Below, the construction accident attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP — who serve the Bronx, Garden City, Brooklyn, and Flushing, NY — discuss common wintertime safety hazards.
3 Winter Dangers & How to Avoid Them
1. Dangerous Driving Conditions
Icy, snowy roads can create dangerous driving conditions, which in turn can cause serious auto accidents and injuries. The best way to avoid this threat is to be prepared. In addition to slowing down and driving with extra care and caution, keep an emergency kit in your car. Your supplies should include blankets, extra winter clothing, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit, as well as any other essentials you might need. You should also take steps to avoid injuring others on the road. While you should always drive slowly around road workers, be particularly careful during icy conditions to prevent a construction accident.
Individuals who work outdoors or spend a substantial amount of time outside in the winter have an increased risk of developing hypothermia. This potentially life-threatening condition develops when one's body temperature drops after being exposed to cold temperatures for a significant period. If you will be outside for an extended time, wear multiple layers of lightweight clothing, keep yourself hydrated, and make sure your outer layer is water-repellent.
Frostbite is another potentially life-threatening condition stemming from prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Certain parts of the body like ears, toes, fingers, and noses are more vulnerable to frostbite. Cover yourself as thoroughly as possible with water-repellent winter clothing. Always wear a hat that covers your ears and a facemask that safeguards more sensitive areas of the face.
If you experience a personal injury this winter because of a motor vehicle, work, or construction accident, let the attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP, help you explore your legal options. For over 65 years, their attorneys have been serving clients in Garden City, Brooklyn, Flushing, and the Bronx. Call (888) 519-6400 or visit them online to speak with a lawyer about an incident that has impacted your life and health. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.