When an employee’s work is dependent on the weather, they must be prepared for all possibilities. When the work goes on despite heavy or light rain showers, employees need to take precautions and have the proper equipment on hand.
Precautions Employees Can Take to Avoid Accidents in the Rain
Make Sure Vision is Not Compromised – When rain falls, vision can suffer. When employees are required to wear goggles as part of their job, they should have anti-fog spray on hand to ensure that goggles do not take on fog on the rain. Additionally, employees should have hoods or hats on hand to keep rain off their faces. Night vision can be heavily compromised in the rain. Employers should be sure to supply adequate lighting that is rated for outdoor use.
Rain Gear Should Cover the Entire Body – Employee rain gear must fit properly and it must be well-suited for cold or hot temperatures with insulation with material that still works well when wet such as wool or other synthetic materials. The available rain gear must consist of pants and a coat, not just one or the other. Finally, it must be well-ventilated since it will be worn for many hours.
Proper Hand Protection – In order to ensure safety in slippery conditions, employees need gloves that fit snugly and go up the arm inside a coat in order to prevent water from entering the glove. The glove also needs a slip-proof grip to ensure that the employee can carry out the necessary tasks on the job.
Appropriate Footwear for Wet Weather – Employees need footwear with deep treads, and pant legs should cover the top part of the shoe or boot in order to avoid water from seeping in through the top of the shoe or boot.
Make Appropriate Equipment Available – Employees must be trained on which tools and equipment can be used in wet weather and they must know what sort of modifications must be used in wet weather. Additionally, hand tools should have textured handles.
Use Extra Caution in the Rain – Employees should be aware that weather can caused hazardous conditions and therefore all their safety training should be at the forefront of their mind and their work. Workers should take more care when climbing ladders and should do their work more deliberately in order to avoid accidents caused by carelessness or hurried behavior. During bad weather, workers may have a tendency to hurry more, but they should do just the opposite and take their time. Employers should be aware that wet weather can cause delays and therefore expectations may have to be adjusted for the day.
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If you or someone you love has been injured at work as a result of the weather or because of any other factors, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation. Depending on the facts of the case, injured workers could possibly be entitled to other types of recovery as well. The Wilmington Workers’ Compensation lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can assess the facts of your situation with a free consultation. Contact us online or call 302-888-1221 or 215-569-8488 today. We proudly assist injured workers throughout Delaware, including those in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, and Middletown.