Workplace Accidents in Winter: Why Do They Happen?

Working conditions in the winter are often less than desirable. Heavy rain, icy weather and below freezing temperatures all contribute to the increase of accidents in the workplace during the winter months.

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As the next couple of months bring a new set of challenges to your daily work routine, it’s important that you’re aware of the dangers that you possibly face. After all, this is the best way to avoid them happening to you!

Wet Surfaces Cause People to Slip

It’s essential that extra care is taken to clean up wet surfaces during the winter months. When it’s raining outside, people are going to come into work with their wet clothes and umbrellas – which can’t be prevented from dripping onto the floor. Therefore, it’s important that flooring is slip resistant, or failing that, wet floor signs are used until things can be cleaned up.

Poor Lighting Contributes to People Falling Over

Winter means dark mornings AND dark evenings. By 4pm, it’s now fully dark outside. For a lot of people, this is still a time when they are at work (or starting work for those on the late shift). It’s not surprising then that poor lighting is a huge contributor towards accidents in the winter months. There should be adequate lighting to ensure that the darkness outside doesn’t interfere with the job being done.

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Icy Roads Make Driving Dangerous

For those who work in a role that requires them to be out on the road, one of the biggest dangers of winter is driving in less than perfect weather conditions. Ice and rain contribute to slippery roads, and fog can lead to poor visibility for drivers. It’s essential that precautions are taken in order to ensure that you don’t find yourself in a road traffic accident.

Make sure that your vehicle is in good condition before setting off anywhere, especially for those driving long distance – this includes clearing any snow or ice from your windscreen! Reduce your speed when driving and remember that your stopping distance will be longer in wet weather.

Accidents in the workplace aren’t always your fault. If you believe that your accident could have been avoided or prevented, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at AYB Law. As personal injury lawyers, we can help you apply for and receive the compensation that you deserve.

Just give us a ring on 0800 0443 495 to speak to a member of our team today.