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Which Work Injuries Are Most Common in Winter?

These six common winter injuries are most common in the winter months. Here are some general tips to prevent these injuries.

Believe it or not, there are a few specific types of injuries that are more likely to occur during the colder months. This article will discuss some of the most common work-related injuries that happen during wintertime. We’ll also provide tips on how to prevent these injuries from happening.

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Six Most Common Winter Work Injuries

1. Frostbite

Frostbite is an injury that occurs when the skin and tissue are exposed to extremely cold temperatures. The most common areas of the body affected by frostbite are the nose, ears, fingers, and toes. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, red or pale skin, and hard or waxy-looking skin.

To prevent frostbite, dress in layers of loose, warm clothing. Ensure to take frequent breaks in a warm area. And if you begin to experience any symptoms of frostbite, seek medical attention immediately.

2. Hypothermia

 Hypothermia is another cold-related injury that can occur when the body’s core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, confusion, slurred speech, and drowsiness.

To prevent hypothermia, dress in layers of warm clothing. And if you begin to experience any symptoms of hypothermia, seek medical attention immediately.

3. Chilblains

Chilblains are a condition that occurs when the small blood vessels in the skin become inflamed due to exposure to cold temperatures. Symptoms of chilblains include itching, red or purple skin, and swelling.

To prevent chilblains, avoid tight shoes or socks that can constrict blood flow. Also, avoid sudden temperature changes, as this can cause the blood vessels to constrict and inflame. If you develop chilblains, avoid scratching the affected area and seek medical attention.

4. Trench Foot

Trench foot is a condition that can occur when the feet are exposed to damp, cold conditions for an extended period. Symptoms of trench foot include numbness, tingling, and swelling.

To prevent trench foot, keep your feet dry and warm. Wear wool socks and waterproof boots. And take breaks often to allow your feet to warm up.

5. Snow Blindness

Snow blindness is a condition that occurs when the eyes are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays reflecting off of snow. Symptoms of snow blindness include red, irritated eyes and a sensation of grit in the eyes.

To prevent snow blindness, wear sunglasses or goggles that block out UV rays.

6. Slips and Falls

While slips and falls can occur at any time of year, they’re more common in the winter when ice and snow make surfaces slick.

To prevent slips and falls, wear shoes with good traction. Walk slowly and carefully on slippery surfaces. And use caution when getting in and out of vehicles. If you slip and fall, seek medical attention and avoid putting weight on the affected area.

Wintertime can be a treacherous season, especially when it comes to work-related injuries. If you were injured on the job this winter, contact the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Offices of James. M. Hoffman. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting for injured workers’ rights and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

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Updated: April 18, 2022