Construction workers face extreme hazards during every shift. From falling debris and scaffolding collapse to toxic exposure and shock injuries, workers in this occupation must be always on high alert. Unfortunately, environmental factors beyond their control can often create deadly workplace conditions.
Workers in occupations throughout New York are accustomed to the changing seasons. From the brutal heat of late summer to the frigid cold of winter, workers must prepare themselves to stay safe during dramatic weather changes. While heat-related illnesses might be more widely publicized, construction workers often face devastating cold-related conditions as well, including:
Supervisors must provide construction workers the proper training, warnings and safety gear to counter the devastating impact of cold-related injuries. Additionally, managers must give proper breaks to allow workers to warm up, rest or change their damp clothing to stay safe. If dangerous conditions continue, workers can suffer catastrophic injuries.
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