Another Winter Storm

Another Winter Storm

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 As East Coasters we know the different types of snow storms we can encounter. From blizzards to ice storms and a wide range in between we know how to prepare. Most of us continue to go to work because we are familiar with driving in these conditions and we think a measly 3 inches is nothing. Although we take the best precautions we can, nothing can guarantee our safety. One thing we can guarantee is the health insurance we have on ourselves and our family will help us be prepared in case something does occur.

The Department of Labor shares what kinds of injuries are associated with winter storms.

According to National Weather Service about 70 percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, and about 25 percent of injuries result from being caught out in the storm. 

Some of the hazards associated with working in winter storms include:

  • Driving accidents due to slippery roadways
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Slips and falls due to slippery walkways
  • Hypothermia and frostbite due to the cold weather exposure
  • Being struck by falling objects such as icicles, tree limbs, and utility poles
  • Electrocution due to downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Falls from heights (e.g. falls from roof or skylights while removing snow)
  • Roof collapse under weight of snow (or melting snow if drains are clogged)
  • Burns from fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
  • Exhaustion from working extended shifts
  • Dehydration
  • Back injuries or heart attack while removing snow

Not having health insurance can put you at a financial loss so take the steps and obtain coverage for you and your family today.