All employers are required to ensure that their employees are protected as far as it is reasonably practical from accidents at work. This includes cold injuries which are common in a number of trades. In this article, we take a look at five trades that are blighted by cold injuries.
- Armed forces: The armed forces tops our list for the occupation or trade that is at the highest risk of a cold injury. Members of our armed forces frequently spend extended periods outside in the cold and are particularly susceptible to the dangers of a cold injury.
- Road workers: Road workers spend the majority of their working time outside in often cold and harsh conditions. This leads to them being at an increased risk of a cold injury. In addition to cold injuries, many road workers are susceptible to hand-arm vibration syndrome which can be exacerbated by working in cold condition.
- Catering: The storage and transportation of foodstuffs often includes working in refrigerated conditions, which help to prevent meats and poultry from expiring prematurely. This means that those working in this industry often work in low temperature environments.
- Construction workers: Like road workers, construction workers are frequently exposed to the elements in their line of work, which means that they are at an increased risk of being affected by a cold injury.
- Fishermen: Those who work at sea are perhaps more exposed to the elements and Mother Nature than any other occupation. Working in the trawling or fishing industries results in an increased chance of being affected by a cold injury such as trench foot, hypothermia or frostbite.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice