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Beware of winter weather dangers on the worksite

Warm summer days have largely given way to blustery fall weather. Before we know it, we'll be amid the sub-freezing temperatures of New York winter weather. While many of those who live and work in New York are already looking forward to pulling out their favorite winter coats and scarf collection, those who work in construction are digging through closets for hand and feet warmers or favorite pairs of cold-weather work gloves.

Working manual labor jobs, especially construction, in the colder months means a host of safety issues that the summer months don't bring. If you work in construction, it is crucial that you remain safe this winter, while still giving your all to the job.

Should you or someone you know suffer an injury on the job, be sure to seek professional legal counsel to protect your rights and interests. You may deserve many more benefits than you realize after your worksite injury. An experienced attorney can examine the details of your injury accident to identify the benefits you deserve and the strengths of your claim.

What if I encounter a serious safety hazard in the worksite?

As soon as you find a serious hazard in the workplace, such as icy or slippery conditions that slow down progress, you should alert your worksite supervisor as soon as possible. It is difficult for supervisors to stay on top of every hazard in the cold weather months, so they may simply not know there is an issue until you report it.

Depending on the seriousness of the threat, you may either address the safety issue immediately, or work on another task until your superior deals with the issue. In some cases, if the threat is serious and stands in the way of completing any of your duties, you may leave the worksite. You may have grounds to leave your position or the worksite entirely until the issue resolves or your employer determines that there is no more serious threat.

In some cases, an employer may ignore your concerns. In this case, you can report the issue to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees and enforces workplace safety.

What if I suffer an injury on the worksite because of a cold weather hazard?

If a cold weather hazard causes your injury, you may have a number of options. These vary greatly depending on the nature of your injury.

An experienced attorney can help you understand what your rights are in this circumstance, and how to keep those rights protected. Similarly, experienced legal counsel seeks the medical you need to fully recover, while identifying any other forms of compensation you may deserve for your losses and suffering.

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