Last updated on January 21st, 2022 at 08:08 am
Winter months are here, and now is the time to take inventory of cold-weather outdoor clothing. In addition to durable protection to provide warmth and avoid frostbite, avoiding slips, trips, and falls are a major winter challenge. Agriculture does not stop for ice, wind, snow, or low visibility conditions.
Keep in mind – a change in weather can create unexpected changes in surfaces! According to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (April 2021), 26% of disability/death claims were caused by slips, trips, and falls. The National Safety Council reports the overall cost of a fall injury can readily exceed $40,000.
Here are some important reminders to share with agricultural workers:
- Wear footwear with heavy treads for increased traction
- Adjust how you walk
- Be careful entering buildings
- Keep your lights on
- Keep walking areas, building entrances, and shop floors dry when possible
- Use caution when entering and exiting vehicles and machinery
For more information, check out the below resources:
- OSHA Winter Weather Safety Guide
- Cost, Severity, and Prevalence of Agricultural-Related Injury Workers’ Compensation Claims in Farming Operations from 14 U.S. States
- Workers’ Compensation Costs