Working outdoors has its fair share of perks, but when it comes to cold weather conditions, working outside can become uncomfortable and dangerous. These conditions pose a great risk to industries who primarily work outdoors, like construction workers, farmers and first responders. According to the most recent study by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 20,000 ice, sleet and snow-related injuries were reported in 2017.
Extreme cold weather conditions can cause workers to experience cold stress, which affects internal body temperature and can lead to serious injuries. When air temperatures drop below normal, your body releases heat faster, causing physical stress. Aside from that, our bodies use extra energy to try to keep ourselves warm, which can cause extreme fatigue.
While there are great risks associated with working in cold weather, there are plenty of precautions you can take that will ensure your health is protected. Check out the guide we created that highlights types of cold stress, signs to look out for and important safety tips when working in cold weather conditions — or jump straight to the infographic below.