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A Reminder to Stay Safe While Working in the Cold

Appearances can be deceiving...right now, we look out our windows here at our offices in West Des Moines, and think, "Wow, no snow...sun's out...what a lucky day for Central Iowa in January"...then, we walk outside and an arctic blast hits us.

We immediately think of all the hard workers working outside who have to deal with these dangerous conditions on day-in, day-out basis.

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've been injured due to the cold while at work...or injured in any way while at the workplace, it's important that you know that you have someone in your corner ready to figth for your rights. Eric, Randy, and Sarah are ready to put their years of experience to use for you, and ready to get you your full and rightful compensation!

Call us at 515-225-4485 or visit us at Loneylaw.com.

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