Many workers have no choice about what kind of weather they endure while working. Some have jobs that require outdoor work 100 percent of the time. Many also must contend with inclement weather for relatively short periods while going through their respective work days.
Rainy weather is common, but can create many types of dangerous working conditions. Workers’ compensation helps to protect workers against the costs of injuries or illnesses suffered due to working in the rain.
Fortunately, some timely tips could help to prevent rain-related injuries or illnesses due to work conditions.
Wear Highly Visible Rain Gear
You should wear full rain gear that keeps your legs and upper body warm and dry while working. Pneumonia is a dangerous condition that you might develop while working in a rainy and cold environment. Full rain gear can help to protect against pneumonia while making it easier for you to work in the rain.
Wear waterproof footwear that gives you the best possible traction in wet weather. Warm gloves and head protection also are important to stay relatively dry, warm, and alert.
Protect Your Eyes
Rain in your eyes can make it difficult to see what you are doing. At the very least, it will cause you to look away from the direction from which the rain is falling.
When the outdoor air is cool and the rain is falling, the heat coming off of your face is enough to cause fogging on your eyewear.
The best eye protection will keep the rain out and have an anti-fogging agent that helps to keep your vision clear. Wear protective glasses that are treated to give you better contrast and vision when it is dark and gray outside.
Beware of Where You Walk
Pay close attention to wet conditions on the ground when working in the rain. Mud, wet leaves, and general debris can cause you to slip, trip, and fall while working in wet conditions.
Puddles that are deeper than you realize might contain a hidden hazard. Pay close attention to where you step when working in the rain and generally wet conditions.
Wear Gloves with Grips
You should wear gloves that enhance your grip when they are wet. Much like a football wide receiver, wearing gloves that are designed to improve your grip when conditions are wet can help you to do your job more efficiently.
Wet conditions make it much easier to lose your grip and possibly drop something. It might be a heavy object that could land on your foot and injure it. It also might be something that falls and strikes a coworker, which could be potentially deadly.
Wearing gloves that improve your grip in wet conditions is the best way to maintain your grip and work safely while it is raining.
Chester County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Wusinich & Sweeney Help Injured Workers
You can get help with your worker’s compensation claim from the experienced Chester County workers’ compensation lawyers at Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC. Call us at 610-594-1600 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation at our law office in Exton, Pennsylvania. We represent clients in Downingtown, West Chester, Exton, Coatesville, Phoenixville, Malvern, Lyndell, Wagontown, Uwchland, Parkesburg, Chester Springs, Lancaster County, Reading, and Morgantown.