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The Dangers of Working in Frigid Conditions

If you haven't noticed in the past few days...but...it's...cold.

With this frigid weather, Iowa workers may be exposed to freezing conditions that can result in cold stress related injuries. All types of workers can get cold stress injuries. Construction workers, farm workers, airport employee - anyone who is exposed to extreme cold or frequently exposed to the outdoors and cold and/or wet conditions.

Cold stress injuries occur when you are exposed to extreme cold or have repeated exposure to freezing or near freezing conditions. This exposure can lead to any variety of cold-related injuries, including: hypothermia, trench foot, and frostbite.

Hypothermia

This condition is found in workers whose body temperature becomes unusually low, generally under 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Workers afflicted with hypothermia cannot think clearly, can lose consciousness, and in some cases the effects can be fatal.

Dehydration

Many people forget how important it is to stay hydrated during the colder weather. When it's this cold, the idea of drinking something cold seems far-fetched, but become dehydrated can cause an employee to lose balance, focus, and become susceptible to an injury.

Frostbite

When body parts are exposed to extreme cold they can literally freeze. Their tissue crystallizes, which can cause permanent damage. Often, fingers or toes and sometimes entire limbs need to be amputated.

Trench Foot

Trench foot is also known immersion foot and occurs when the workers' feet are cold and wet for extended time periods. This condition was rampant during World War I on both sides, a side effect of trench warfare. This is how the condition was named. Trench foot causes disruption in blood circulation to the feet and often causes skin tissue to die. If not treated promptly, trench foot can lead to gangrene and amputation of a foot may be required.

These are all very serious injuries that can impair one's ability to do their job. Employees should do their best to bundle up and wear warmer clothing if working outside, but injuries/ailments sustained from working outside are a very real thing, and in many instances are covered under workers' compensation.

If you have been hurt while working out in the cold weather, you need to call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485, and together, we can explore your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Don't settle for an employer & insurance company's reasoning & excuses...they're just trying to save the money and the hassle of paying you...YOU have rights, and we're here to help explain them to you!

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