Working in cold weather? Remember these 3 things

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

No matter what time of year it is, residents of North Carolina know that storms are a common part of life. Whether you’re facing a winter storm, downpour or remnants of a hurricane, it’s tough to be safe when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

If you’re at work when a storm is heading your way, there are some things you can do to be safer. Here’s what to keep in mind if a storm may affect your workplace.

  1. Your employer should have a storm safety plan

The first thing to look into is if your employer has a safety plan for stormy weather. For example, if you work outside and there is lightning, it’s typical to stop outdoor work until the lightning has stopped or is far enough away not to be a threat. Similarly, if the wind speeds are very high, it may not be realistic or safe to have workers working at a height.

Knowing when you can or cannot be outside working is the first step to being safe.

  1. You have a right to be safe

The next thing to remember is that you have a right to be safe. If a sudden storm is heading your way, it’s reasonable to put down what you’re doing and to seek shelter. No employer should be asking you to work outside during a hail storm or tornado warning. You have a right to work in a safe environment.

  1. You can make a claim if you’re hurt on the job because of a storm

Finally, remember that you can usually make a workers’ compensation claim if you’re injured on the job because of stormy or hazardous weather. If you are hit by debris, are injured due to heat or cold stress or face other kinds of injuries due to the weather, let your employer know. You may be able to pursue compensation to help as you recover.

The weather can be unpredictable, but you have an opportunity to prepare with a good safety plan. If you end up injured due to working in a storm or bad weather, you may have a workers’ compensation claim.