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Will you be working in the rain this spring?

Do you live in or around the Erie area? If so, you know that the spring season can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. You also know that plenty of rain is sure to enter the region over the course of several months.

If you work outdoors, it's imperative that you understand the steps you can take to protect yourself when the rain begins to fall. It only takes one mistake in wet conditions to cause an accident that results in a serious injury.

Here are some of the many tips to follow when working in the rain this spring:

  • Slow down. You can't move as fast as you do in dry conditions, so you should slow down in an attempt to avoid an accident. For example, rain makes work surfaces slick, thus increasing the likelihood of a slip and fall.
  • Wear the right type of clothing. For example, you should wear rain gear that repels water, as opposed to clothing that soaks it up. Furthermore, always wear shoes that will keep your feet dry and help you maintain a high level of traction.
  • Protect your hands. Wearing gloves can help keep your hands dry. This can also make it easier to grip tools.
  • Wear eye protection. Eye goggles can go a long way in keeping the rain out of your eyes, thus making it easier to see what you're doing. This isn't always necessary, but depending on the job you're doing, you may need to wear goggles.
  • Don't use electrical equipment in wet weather. This should go without saying, but it's a mistake many people make.

In a perfect world, you'd never have to contend with rain when working outdoors. However, in the state of Pennsylvania, you know that wet weather will come into play during the spring months.

If you're injured on the job, stop what you are doing and call for help. You shouldn't hesitate to receive medical treatment. Also, let your employer know what went wrong so there is no gray area in regard to where you suffered your injury.

If you can't immediately return to work, it's probably time to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

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