Avoid Winter Weather Related Injuries

Man using a snowblower in driveway

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

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