3 Ways That Winter Weather Can Cause a Work-Related Injury
By Darwin F. Johnson on January 2nd, 2018 in Atlanta Workers Comp, injury prevention, Macon Workers Comp, Savannah Worker's Comp, work injuries, work injury, Workers Compensation, workplace injuries, workplace injury
There’s no doubt that you’ve begun to feel the sting of the colder weather that characterizes winter. Even if we aren’t likely to see a blizzard down here in Georgia, winter can bring more than a few seasonal dangers to the workplace.
While kids are probably enjoying the gifts they just received and their vacation days from school, adults need to be more aware this season of the dangers that winter weather can bring to them when they’re on the job.
Read on to learn three of the many ways that chilly winter can cause more work-related injuries and the need for help from our Atlanta workers’ comp lawyers.
- Joint damage related to cold weather. Even if you don’t live in a colder climate, you can still be at risk for joint damage related to colder winter temperatures, especially if you work outside during the nighttime. Experts estimate that Georgia’s climate receives an average of 36 days of sub-freezing temperatures annually, which can exacerbate the symptoms of carpal tunnel and make an accident more likely to occur.
- Freezing rain and nighttime accidents. Georgia is susceptible to bouts of freezing rain, which can mean danger if your job requires you to drive at night. Truck drivers or anyone who has corporate-sponsored travel should remain especially wary if their place of employment requires them to operate a vehicle after dark.
- Construction accidents related to early sunsets. The sun sets earlier in winter. This can mean danger if you work in construction, masonry or any other profession that requires you to be outside. If you’re more likely to be working the dark, you have an increased possibility of suffering from an accident.
Don’t let a work-related injury ruin your holiday season! Contact a workman comp attorney in Atlanta from the Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson for assistance navigating the next steps in your case.