As winter approaches, workplace safety should be a priority

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

As the seasons change, priorities related to workplace safety may need to adjust and change as well. The safety concerns of Minnesota employees will not be the same in the winter as they are in the summer months, and employers should be aware of how they may need to alter the protections and support they provide. Failure to do this could place workers at risk. 

Winter safety standards in the workplace depend largely on the type of work and requirements for employees. As the days are shorter and the temperatures drop, employers should be aware of emerging needs and implement different safety standards if necessary. Awareness of potential hazards, proper support and adequate training can reduce the chance of workplace accidents. 

Safe at work 

For the last one to two years, many workers have been doing their jobs remotely. As things return to normal and in-person work resumes, health and safety will need to be a priority. One of the main ways employers can provide additional safety support is to carefully evaluate current and potential needs, creating new plans and strategies as required. Some of the most common hazards and potential safety concerns seen in the workplace during the winter include the following: 

  • Commuter problems, such as road closures or unsafe driving conditions 
  • Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents 
  • Flu and other seasonal illnesses 
  • Weather-related risks, such as power outages or freezing temperatures 

Winter safety is a particular concern for employees who work outdoors or those who must spend a significant amount of time driving in potentially bad weather conditions. Protecting these employees and making their jobs as reasonably safe as possible will be critical. Implementing safety protocols, using technology in effective ways, training workers adequately and encouraging regular communication can make all types of jobs and workplaces safe and healthy places to work.  

After an accident or work-related illness 

If you suffered an accident at work or you became ill due to your job requirements, you have specific options regarding possible financial support. Through a workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to recoup some of your lost wages, get the help you may need regarding your return to work and secure recovery of your medical expenses. It is helpful for each employee to understand workers’ comp procedures and how to move forward in the event they need to file a claim.