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How to stay safe during winter construction work

Construction sites can become problematic in the winter months. New Hampshire companies and others should take steps to make them as safe as possible once the weather turns colder. For instance, it is a good idea to mark any areas that could not be filled in prior to the arrival of ice and snow. Any inclines should be covered with dirt, sand or other material to make them less slippery in the winter.

Scaffolding, ladders and other objects that a person may walk or climb on can become dangerous to use if covered by ice. If it is not possible to remove snow and ice, these objects should be considered off-limits to workers. Any restricted areas should be clearly marked to ensure that workers don't get hurt. If a person is expected to manually clear ice or snow, that person should be healthy enough to do so.

The use of snow removal equipment may make it easier to keep a construction site safe without putting workers in harm's way. Those who are asked to work outside during periods of cold weather should have access to warm areas as well as hot beverages. Keeping workers sufficiently warm while working in cold temperatures can prevent health problems related to frostbite or hypothermia. In severe cases, individuals could even die from hypothermia.

Workers who are injured because of exposure to snow, ice or cold temperatures may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may make it possible to pay medical bills or receive wages while out of work. They might be offered either on a temporary or permanent basis depending on the severity of the injury. An attorney may be able to help a person who is interested in applying for financial help after experiencing a workplace injury.

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