Weather plays a role in workplace injuries

Workplace injuries can happen for many reasons, one of which is the weather. Changing weather conditions can impact workers significantly, whether they're in hot weather, cold weather or caught in a storm.

The interesting thing about the weather in Nebraska is that it can change quickly. Even on the plains, where you might see bad weather far off in the distance, the lack of hills or landforms to alter the weather's path makes it move quickly and threaten workers on the job.

What are some dangerous kinds of weather to watch out for?

In the summer, heat is a major concern. With highs in the upper 80s on average, Nebraska is more than warm enough to cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Workers need to take breaks regularly and stay hydrated to prevent these dangerous and potentially deadly conditions.

Another danger is the risk of tornadoes. Although these often occur in late spring and early summer, they can happen at any time of year. High winds, debris and other dangers come along with these wind tunnels.

In the winter, low temperatures average in the teens, making workers prone to frostbite and exhaustion as their bodies work harder to stay warn in the cold. Regular breaks and a place to warm up is necessary to prevent hypothermia and other serious cold-related illnesses.

When you're on the job, you and anyone else working should always remain aware of your surroundings and prepared for the worst. Good weather preparedness can help prevent workplace accidents as a result of unexpected changes in the weather.

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