As the snow begins to fall in Boston, so does the time for businesses to close for the day. The snowy weather can put employees in danger by causing them to have to travel to work. Since the threat of being involved in an accident during snowy weather increases, it’s best to keep employees home. Driving in the snow is only one of the winter-related hazards that can occur in the workplace.
For the most part, employees will have to walk through icy parking lots, entrances and walkways as they make their way into work. Your employer or property owner is responsible for removing any snow or ice to prevent slip and fall accidents. If they’re unable to remove the snow or ice, they should warn employees with signs.
If you assign an employee the task of shoveling any snow, ensure that they are trained on a best practice for preventing back injuries. Practices can include taking regular breaks, keeping a steady pace and the proper technique.
In industries like maintenance or construction, it is important that your employer takes precautions to protect employees from frostbite or hypothermia. Workers should be able to take breaks to warm up and have suitable outerwear to protect themselves from the cold.
Workers’ Compensation in Massachusetts
Regardless of the type of work you do, it’s vital to know your rights if you are subject to an injury on the job. If you find that you have been injured while at work, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately about you workers’ compensation benefits. Boston’s Harrington & Harrington P.C. will go over your benefits with you and find a resolution in your case. To learn more about workers’ compensation, contact us at 617-227-1795 or by filling out our contact form.