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How Can Outdoor Workers Stay Safe in Winter?

Outdoor Workers Stay Safe in Winter

As the temperatures drop in New Jersey and throughout the Northeastern United States, it is a good time to reflect on ways to protect employees who work outdoors. While most of us are able to retreat indoors during the winter months, many professions expose workers to the elements—regardless of the weather.

But that exposure comes with the risk of frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot, and other serious health problems. People who work outside and their employers should be vigilant about safety to prevent cold weather illness and injuries this season.

Who Is at Risk of Cold Stress?

Cold stress is a condition where the body is unable to maintain its normal temperature. It is caused by exposure to extreme cold or wet environments. Without interventions, cold stress can lead to serious injuries, permanent tissue damage, and even death.

Workers at high risk of cold stress include:

  • Construction workers
  • Emergency responders
  • Farmers
  • Sanitation workers
  • Snow cleanup crews

Winter Safety Tips for People Who Work Outside

Here are the top safety tips to reduce exposure to freezing temperatures and prevent cold stress injuries.

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Did Inadequate Lighting Cause Your Slip and Fall Injury?

A Highland Park Slip and Fall Lawyer at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Works to Get You the Compensation You Need.

Slip and fall injuries can occur in any type of environment, from a small business to a big box store. Poor lighting is one of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, but with premises liability, businesses have an obligation to keep their areas well-lit to protect customers from harm. Read on to learn more about slip and fall injuries caused by poor lighting and what you should do if you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property.

What is Premises Liability?

“Premises liability” is a legal concept that refers to a property owner’s responsibility for accidents that occur on their property due to dangerous conditions. This includes everything from wet floors and icy sidewalks to poor lighting and hazardous materials. If a business does not take reasonable steps to correct these conditions, they may be held responsible for any resulting injuries.

The Risks of Poor Lighting

Poor lighting can be particularly dangerous in businesses,

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Types of Car Accident Bone Fractures

New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Offer Free Consultations for New Cases.

A fracture is a crack or break in a bone. Bone fractures are common in car accidents because the impact of a collision exerts considerable force on the bones and other structures in the human body. The force of a motor vehicle crash is the equivalent of more than two tons of pressure on a person weighing 175 pounds and traveling at 25 miles per hour, even if they are wearing a seatbelt. If bones cannot withstand this force, they fracture.

How Are Bone Fractures Classified?

Bone fractures vary in type and severity. More severe injuries may necessitate surgery and extensive rehabilitation to regain strength, function, and mobility. Here are the several types of bones fractures that commonly occur from car accidents:

  • Stable Fracture: There is minimal damage, and the broken ends of the bone remain in place.
  • Open (Compound) Fracture: The broken bone pierces the skin and may be visible in the open wound.
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