While spring may be just around the corner, it is still very much winter here in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is no stranger to harsh winter weather. Heavy snow, freezing rain or sleet, gusty winds, and bitter temperatures are fully expected. The cold weather also brings unique hazards to the workplace that can impact the safety of workers.
Winter Weather Increases Risk of Injury
While work-related injuries occur year-round, the winter weather heightens the risk of workplace injuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data involving winter weather, as many as 42,480 workers suffered injuries involving ice, sleet, or snow in 2014.
An important part of staying safe in the workplace is knowing how the winter weather can impact your safety. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates offer this infographic that lists common winter workplace accidents workers and employers should be aware of.
Impact of a Workplace Injury
A work-related injury or illness can cause a lot of physical, financial, and emotional hardship. You may experience weeks, months or even years of pain. You may be unable to work and have mounting medical bills to deal with. All of this can be emotionally draining. Workers’ compensation was created to provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation will pay your medical expenses and compensate you for a portion of your lost wages while you recover from your injury.
If you are the victim of a workplace injury, you deserve the maximum amount of compensation. At Larry Pitt & Associates our lawyers work hard to help injured workers get the benefits they are entitled to. Call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our contact form online to schedule a free consultation today.