First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox) 2014

Safety tips for working outside in the cooler months.

September 23, 2014 is the first day of fall. Even though temperatures are moderate, this is going to change very quickly.

Average low temperatures for October are in the 30s and 40s. We want you to be safe while working outside in the colder months.

Here are some resources and information you can use. A little knowledge goes a long way to preventing injury.

Cold Weather

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reminds you that prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these signs are observed, call for emergency help.

Safe Lifting Techniques

Gonzaga University provides information regarding safe lifting techniques. This can help you prevent injury to the spine. We see many cases involving neck and back injury.

Hazards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information regarding workplace safety and health. Outdoor workers are subjected to not just weather hazards but also physical dangers. Exposures to loud noise can lead to permanent hearing loss or tinnitus. Your eyesight could be damaged from flying debris or ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Common Sense

Ask for training so that you know how to safely operate tools and equipment. Find out if you need special gloves or boots when working with chemicals and sprays. Learn about first-aid and have plan for an emergency. Seek medical care when appropriate.

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Related information:

Injured On The Job: A Guide to Michigan Workers’ Compensation Law (Free Book)

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