No matter how much snow has fallen, it must be removed quickly to keep people safe. There is often little time to remove the snow before it freezes and becomes dangerous. The pressure falls on the personnel who are tasked with snow removal. They perform a difficult job under challenging conditions. They must plan to ensure their safety when performing the job. If snow removal workers are injured, they may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Snow removal is a physically demanding job. Workers face several dangers, including but not limited to the following:
- Being involved in a motor vehicle accident on the way to and from the job site while they are on the clock.
- Suffering a physical injury from overexertion, such as an injury to the back or muscles.
- Slipping and falling on the slippery surface.
Wear the Right Gear
Workers must dress for the harsh conditions. The best way to dress is in layers. Ideally, one should wear three layers. In addition, workers should also have insulated gloves and boots that keep the toes from becoming wet. Otherwise, they may be at risk of frostbite. Workers should also wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in icy conditions.
Be Careful on Slippery Walking Surfaces
Slip and falls are a major risk in the snow and ice. You should assume every surface is slick and slippery and walk slowly. In addition, proper shoveling techniques will also help keep you from falling.
Minimize the Use of the Back
The continuous bending and motion of shoveling often lead to back injuries. Workers must know the proper form for shoveling snow. When shoveling, it is best to minimize the use of the back. One should use their legs instead of using the back to lift anything. When bending over, workers should bend at the waist. Instead of throwing the snow with their arms, shovelers should push it aside, careful not to take on too large a load of snow at once.
Be Vigilant for Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Workers must pay close attention to their bodies when removing snow. They may begin to see early signs of a cardiac event. If so, they must stop and seek immediate medical treatment. Signs of a possible heart attack include:
- Chest pain
- Pain in the back, neck, jaw, or shoulders
- Shortness of breath
People may miss the symptoms of a heart attack because they confuse them with fatigue from physical labor. It is crucial to be vigilant for signs that something may be different.
In cold weather, dehydration is very dangerous. Workers should take frequent breaks and make sure to stay hydrated when working.
You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you have suffered a work-related injury during snow removal. You may receive a portion of lost wages and compensation for medical care to treat your injury.
Contact a Monmouth County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams if You Need Help With Your Work Injury Claim
If you have been injured on the job, a Monmouth County workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams can help. Schedule a free consultation today by calling us at 732-351-2800 or by contacting us online. We have offices in Tinton Falls and New Brunswick, New Jersey. We serve clients in the Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County areas and throughout the state.